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CA Bill Aims to End Freeway Expansion because it’s ‘Racist’ and ‘Not Green’

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California is fighting yet another nonsensical battle, outlawing the construction of new freeway lanes, and the reason is beyond asinine. In essence, putting tax dollars into new lanes of highway is both racist and not green.

That’s because the money could be going towards “green projects” that achieve both “racial equality and climate goals” reports The Washington Examiner. This week the Assembly Transportation Committee passed a bill that targets areas with a lower standard of living on the Healthy Places Index.

The bill’s author, Cristina Garcia, also a Los Angeles Democrat, says creating new freeways is racist because it displaces low-income residents from their homes. Garcia said in the committee hearing Monday, that the residents live in those areas because it’s all they can afford.

The Healthy Places Index measures “standards such as healthcare, housing, and education.” However, only “the San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento, and most coastal communities rated highly.”

Analysis of the bill claims it is “addressing inequities through environmental justice” because freeways were mapped through black and brown communities after WWII. Therefore, minority communities are exposed to more air pollution caused by vehicles than white Californians.

“It is outrageous and feels criminal to use state resources to choke and displace communities like mine when the data and research clearly show that this practice is just another example of the systemic racism that is normalized in our policies and practices,” Garcia stated.

The Washington Examiner reports on the history of the highway expansion:

Although the bill passed 8-3 along party lines, it was not supported by two Democratic committee members who abstained. Their constituents have benefited from the state’s largest ongoing freeway widening project that started at the Long Beach border and will end in southern Orange County.

The $2 billion widening of the I-405 freeway started in 2018 and will take another two years to complete. It was funded mostly by a half-cent sales tax increase approved by Orange County voters and will create 16 new lane miles on a freeway that is among the most congested in the nation.

State taxes contributed $90 million to the project, and two committee members from that area wondered if it would be completed if the bill becomes law. Garcia wasn’t aware of these details when questioned by Democrat Tom Daly, whose district benefits from it .

His constituents, who are in the minority group identified in the bill, overwhelmingly
supported improvements on a different freeway as well. Daly said the state already has pollution control law, then asked, “What are the specifics for folks that they are promised something and reneged?”

“I don’t know if they were promised anything,” Garcia responded.

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Biden ‘allies’ concerned with Hollywood lawyer’s ‘aggressive public defense of Hunter Biden’

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Hunter Biden’s Hollywood attorney buddy Kevin Morris is reportedly upsetting President Joe Biden’s “allies” with his very public defense plan for Hunter. Among the defenses is a plan to question the validity of, and story behind, the New York Post’s exclusive 2020 story on Hunter’s laptop found at a Delaware repair shop.

Another issue of concern, according to a New York Times report, is that Morris gave Hunter a loan totaling over $2 million to pay off his tax debts and take care of his living expenses. “It potentially echoes the cash he received while serving on the board of a Ukrainian oligarch’s company and pursuing deals with a Chinese tycoon, the Times said.”

But President Biden’s supporters want his scandalous son to stay out of the public eye and avoid going to trial. Morris’ tactics, however, are making a big splash. For one, he was recently accused of “spying” on filmmakers who are making an independent movie “My Son Hunter.” The movie allegedly paints an unflattering portrait of the Biden family.

The Times said Morris may try to use footage he shot on the movie’s set located in Serbia to try and “undermine” the film and the laptop. Another potential issue for the Bidens is how Morris came to  be in possession of Hunter’s controversial artwork.

Morris is rumored to be an art collector, and according to one source, Morris might have received Hunter’s art as a gift. The Times cited two people familiar with the story.

Everything is exacerbating the scrutiny the White House has already been under, when it comes to Hunter’s scandals. Hunter and Morris met at a fundraiser for then-candidate Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Banning Nonbinary On Birth Certificates

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On Tuesday, Republican Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill banning the use of nonbinary as a gender option on state birth certificates.

The new law, SB 1100, requires all birth certificates in the state to only allow male or female as gender options.

The law says that it “requires the biological sex designation on a birth certificate to be either male or female and prohibits a nonbinary or any symbol representing a nonbinary designation including the letter ‘X’ beginning on the effective date of this act. The measure declares an emergency.”

“People are free to believe whatever they want about their identity, but science has determined people are either biologically male or female at birth,” said Oklahoma Rep. Sheila Dills, the House sponsor of the bill, in a statement. “We want clarity and truth on official state documents. Information should be based on established medical fact and not an ever-changing social dialogue.”

“As the war on common sense continues, we must stand up and put a stop to this nonsense regarding biological sex,” said Michael Bergstrom, R-Adair, the principal author of the bill. “It’s not a complicated issue – biologically, you’re either a male or female. There should be no other option to choose from on a birth certificate. I’m thankful my colleagues in the House of Representatives also saw the need to stand behind science and approve this measure.”

Stitt’s signing of the bill comes after he signed an executive order in November 2021 directing the Oklahoma Health Department to stop issuing or changing birth certificates with nonbinary as a gender option.

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