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Four Suspects Wanted For Stockton Home Invasion Robbery

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 / No Comments

December 28, 2016 |  

Stockton, Calif. - A group of unknown suspects staged a home invasion robbery early this morning in Stockton's Bear Creek District.

At about 1 a.m. four unknown suspects, all armed with guns, pushed their way through the front door of a residence on the 8000 block of Mariners Drive. The suspects held the victims at gunpoint and ransacked the house taking cash and personal property.

All four suspects fled on foot, and responding officers were unable to locate them. The four suspects were described as black males all black clothing, ski masks, and gloves. 

One of the suspects had long black dreadlocks. One was armed with a black revolver, one with a black semi-auto handgun, and another with a sawed off shotgun. They were all approximately 5’9” tall.

Group Blasts Brown's Appointment of 'Oil Industry Loyalist' to Public Utilities Commission

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By Dan Bacher |

While many mainstream media outlets have fawningly depicted Governor Jerry Brown as “the Resistance” to incoming President Donald Trump, an appointment of a Big Oil-friendly regulator to the California Public Utilities Commission today appears to further taint the Governor’s already controversial environmental legacy.

Governor Jerry Brown today appointed two Brown administration staffers, Clifford Rechtschaffen (pictured above) and Martha Guzman Aceves, to the scandal-ridden California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). They will replace Catherine Sandoval and Michael Florio, whose six-year terms expire on January 1, 2017. 
The Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog condemned Brown’s appointment of Rechtschaffen as “stacking the CPUC with a confidant who did wet work in firing tough oil well regulators” in California. The consumer group also criticized the appointments for giving “Brown power for the next two years over the PUC, even though he will leave office in two.”
The CPUC regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies.  CPUC Commissioners serve six-year terms, require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $142,095 by statute.  
In a statement, the Governor praised the qualifications of Rechtschaffen and Guzman Aceves for the CPUC positions.
"Cliff’s experience as a lawyer, teacher and specialist in environmental and energy matters equips him to do an outstanding job on the Commission,” said Governor Brown. “Martha has the experience, know-how and insight to well serve the people of California at the Public Utilities Commission. Both have sound judgment and a commitment to protecting ratepayers and ensuring safe, reliable and climate-friendly energy in California."
Consumer Watchdog opposes Brown’s appointment of Rechtschaeffen to the Public Utilities Commission, criticizing Rechtschaeffen's role “in carrying out the demands of the oil industry in the firing of two tough wellhead regulators at the Department of Conservation and Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) in 2011.”
The group said legal declarations show Rechtschaeffen fired Conservation Acting Director Derek Chernow and DOGGR head Elena Miller when the two refused to weaken oil drilling standards that protect drinking and irrigation supplies at the request of Occidental Petroleum. The oil company subsequently contributed $500,000 to Brown’s Proposition 30 campaign.
Liane Randolph, a former Chevron lawyer and another Brown CPUC appointee, was also involved in the firing when she served as Brown’s appointee to the Natural Resources Agency, according to Consumer Watchdog.
You can read more about Rechtschaffen's involvement on pages 4 & 5 of Derek Chernow's legal declaration: or on page 16 of Consumer Watchdog's report "Brown's Dirty Hands":
“Governor Brown has just turned the keys of the Public Utilities Commission over to another oil industry loyalist who did the industry’s wet work in firing tough oil well regulators in 2011, resulting in the loosening of well standards and a half million in contributions from Occidental  Petroleum to the Governor’s causes,” said Jamie Court, President of Consumer Watchdog. 
“Cliff Rechtschaeffen has proven himself to be a lapdog for the oil industry,” noted Court. “Ironically, he joins Liane Randolph, a former Chevron lawyer and another Brown appointee, on the Public Utilities Commission after both participated in one of the ugliest episodes of oil industry influence during the Brown Administration, the gutting of oil well safety for oil industry cash.  This appointment should cast a huge shadow over Governor Brown’s environmental legacy given Rechtschaeffen’s role in one of the biggest ethical scandals during the Brown era.”
Clifford Rechtschaffen, 59, of Oakland, has served as a senior advisor in the Office of the Governor since 2011, where he has worked on climate, energy and environmental issues, according to the Governor’s Office. In 2011, he also served as acting director of the California Department of Conservation.
Rechtschaffen served as special assistant attorney general in the California Department of Justice, Attorney General's Office from 2007 to 2010.  From 1993 to 2007, he taught environmental law, directed the environmental law program and co-founded the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic at Golden Gate University School of Law. In 2005 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on environmental law and policy.
He was a deputy attorney general in the Environment Section of the California Department of Justice, Attorney General's Office from 1986 to 1993, Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow at the Marin County Legal Aid Foundation from 1985 to 1986 and a law clerk for the Honorable Thelton Henderson at the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California from 1984 to 1985. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. Rechtschaffen is a Democrat.  
Martha Guzman Aceves, 39, of Sacramento, has been a deputy legislative affairs secretary in the Office of the Governor since 2011, focusing on natural resources, environmental protection, energy and food and agriculture. She was sustainable communities program director for the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation from 2005 to 2016. From 2006 to 2008, she worked with Swanton Berry Farm on human resources issues including a new employee-stock ownership program.
She was legislative coordinator for United Farm Workers from 1999 to 2005, working on labor and environmental issues. In 2010 she co-founded Communities for a New California, a charitable organization promoting increased civic engagement of underrepresented communities. Guzman Aceves earned a Master of Science degree in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Davis. Guzman Aceves is a Democrat.   
Background: Brown’s real environmental “legacy” exposed
Many  mainstream reporters and editors have apparently done very little research into the actual environmental policies of Jerry Brown, preferring to act as virtual stenographers and press release writers for the Governor. Although I have written about Brown’s environmental policies in many articles published in an array of media outlets, it’s a good idea to review them once again as 2016 nears its end.
The Governor’s “legacy project,” the Delta Tunnels/California WaterFix, poses a huge threat to the ecosystems of the Sacramento, San Joaquin, Klamath and Trinity river systems, in contrast to Brown’s claims that the project “could help native fish rebound from the edge of extinction.” The project is based on the untenable premise that taking more water out of a river before it reaches the estuary will somehow “restore” the San Francisco Bay Delta and its precious fish and wildlife species. 
Unfortunately, the California WaterFix is not the only environmentally devastating policy promoted by Governor Jerry Brown. Brown is promoting the expansion of fracking and extreme oil extraction methods in California and is overseeing water policies that are driving winter run-Chinook salmon, Delta and longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other species closer and closer to extinction. 
As if those examples of Brown’s tainted environmental legacy weren’t bad enough, Brown has promoted carbon trading and REDD policies that pose an enormous threat to Indigenous Peoples around the globe; has done nothing to stop clear cutting of forests by Sierra-Pacific and other timber companies; presided over record water exports from the Delta in 2011; and oversaw massive fish kills of Sacramento splittail and other species in 2011. 
Jerry Brown also oversaw the “completion” of so-called “marine protected areas” under the privately funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative, overseen by a Big Oil lobbyist and other corporate interests, in December 2012. These faux “Yosemites of the Sea” fail to protect the ocean from oil drilling, fracking, pollution, corporate aquaculture and all human impacts on the ocean other than sustainable fishing and gathering.  
Governor Brown’s anti-environmental policies, particularly his fervent support of fracking in spite of his cynical eco-babble about "green energy” and “defending science,” are the result of the millions of dollars that Brown has received from Big Oil, Big Ag and other corporate interests in recent years.  
Consumer Watchdog’s report, “Brown’s Dirty Hands,” documents donations totaling $9.8 million dollars to Jerry Brown’s campaigns, causes, and initiatives, and to the California Democratic Party since he ran for Governor from 26 energy companies with business before the state. The companies included the state’s three major investor-owned utilities, as well as Occidental, Chevron, and NRG. 
The report alleges that energy companies donated $4.4 million to the Democratic Party, and the Democratic Party gave $4.7 million to Brown’s re-election between 2011 and 2014. Consumer Watchdog submitted its report to the FPPC as a sworn complaint. 
Brown spouts “green” rhetoric when he flies off to climate conferences and issues proclamations about John Muir Day and Earth Day, but his actions and policies regarding fish, water and the environment should be challenged by all of those who care about the future of California and the West Coast.  
To read Brown’s Dirty Hands, go here:
For more information about the real environmental record of Governor JerryBrown, go to:… 

Pop, Fizz, Clink: 3 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with Champagne

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(StatePoint) Champagne is the quintessential complement to any memorable occasion, one that can shape and transform an experience, while creating new traditions and memories along the way.

To help you plan your festivities this holiday season, Vitalie Taittinger, artistic director of Champagne Taittinger -- one of the last few remaining family-owned and operated Champagne houses -- is offering her take on ways to add glamour and elegance to your at-home, year-end festivities.

Champagne-Inspired Décor

For those in the midst of planning a holiday party, Vitalie suggests using a bubbly bar as the centerpiece of the festivities.

“Create a dedicated space for your bubbles, offering options such as Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française and Prestige Rosé, and allow guests to taste at their own leisure. It makes for a great spot to strike up conversation and leaves the host free to mingle with all of the other guests,” says Vitalie.

In terms of the look for your bubbly bar, you don’t have stick with traditional holiday colors. Instead, let Champagne Taittinger inspire your décor by using metallics like brushed gold, galvanized silver and rose gold, alongside lush holiday greens, for a more contemporary take on holiday spirit.

For bigger crowds, large-format bottles are sure to be a crowd-pleaser -- from a Magnum (two standard bottles), to a Methuselah (eight standard bottles). “Everyone loves a big bottle of Champagne, and it will save you tons of recycling space, as well!” says Vitalie.

Parisian Raw Bar

Take a moment from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and transport you and your guests to Paris with a French-style raw bar -- a crowd pleaser at any party and for any season.

Move on to the perfect shrimp cocktail: the sweet flavor with just a squeeze of lemon is a natural fit with Champagne. Then, end with a bit of lobster or crab,” says Vitalie.

For a new presentation, stagger footed cake stands at different heights to create areas where you can add additional design elements, such as winter greenery, flowers, candles and lights. Drape linen or other textured fabric for added texture and a touch of Paris. Voila!

Champagne Macarons

Chocolate delicacies and Champagne are a natural pairing, particularly when there is a secondary element of fruit in the chocolate, such as passion fruit, raspberry, coconut or hazelnut. And the outer shell, airy pillow, creamy center and soft chew of Macarons are a natural fit for Champagne, which is an equally ethereal experience. Available online at in Brut La Française, Bellini, Mimosa, and Rosé, Champagne Taittinger Macarons at Jacques Torres Chocolate can round out your dessert spread and provide a memorable conclusion to your meal.

More information can be found at

 So much more than just a drink, let Champagne be the source of your entertaining inspiration this holiday season.

Roseville Police Arrest Woman Suspected of Worldwide Credit Card Fraud

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Roseville Police detectives have arrested a local woman suspected of making fraudulent charges on numerous credit card accounts she obtained through her marketing business. So far, detectives have contacted victims in California, Florida, Canada and Australia, and are attempting to contact scores of other suspected victims. Detectives believe the total losses from all victims may exceed $100,000.

Heather Lynn Lemere is the owner and marketing director of Salon Success Strategies, a company that provides marketing and consulting services for small businesses, primarily beauty salons, day spas and some medical or dental businesses. Through her business, Lemere obtained access to the customer databases of some of her clients, including credit card information. 

In late September, Roseville Police received information that from at least 2014 to the present, Lemere made fraudulent charges against the credit cards of some customers of her marketing clients. The victims detectives have talked to so far don’t know Lemere, and had no direct business relationship with her company. The fraudulent charges were billed at an increasing rate over time, starting at $89 per month, slowly increasing to $229 a month during recent months. Some victims disputed the charges, and were dropped from the scheme; others apparently didn’t question the transactions, and continued to be fraudulently charged each month. 

On December 21, detectives served search warrants at Lemere’s business on Blue Oaks Boulevard and on her home in Lincoln, seizing computers and other potential evidence. Lemere, age 41 of Lincoln, was arrested on that date on suspicion of grand theft and identity theft involving ten or more victims. She is being held without bail in the Placer County Jail.

Anyone who has discovered unauthorized charges from Salon Success Strategies or Lemere Holdings on their credit card statements is asked to contact Detective Jim Aguirre at

Chew's Reviews - Jackie

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 / No Comments

By Gary Chew | December 20, 2016 |  

Opens Wednesday, December 21

Watching a new film about an infamous assassination on its 53rd anniversary can't be a light encounter of any kind for anybody, especially if the victim is the first person you ever voted for to be president of the United States. That was my lot with the demise of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and seeing Jackie. The picture is the work of Chilean director Pablo Lorrain. Another less recent film by Lorrain, titled No and starring Gael Garcia Benal, is about Augusto Pinochet.

Jackie begins just before JFK's murder and stays with its aftermath, showing his widow slipping into deep shock and grief as she demands of herself to maintain while working out details for his funeral and the affecting procession that made such a historic visual impression on the world. Natalie Portman is completely convincing as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (nee: Bouvier). Right away, you see Jackie in the pink suit.

Sacramento native Greta Gerwig has the part of Nancy Tuckerman, Jackie's confidant and secretary. Peter Sarsgaard plays Robert F. Kennedy. Sarsgaard is less than a perfect match for Bobby and seems somewhat taller than the former US Senator and US Attorney General, who himself was assassinated just after winning California's 1968 Democratic presidential primary. John Hurt has a small but strong role as Jackie's priest. Jackie has a pair of scenes depicting Portman and Hurt's characters in serious conversation.

Portman must have spent a lot of time listening to Mrs. Kennedy's voice before the cameras rolled. She is as close, I believe, as anyone could come to impersonating the former First Lady. Body language and the way she carried herself are spot on. Natalie surely must be proud of her turn in the role. Almost every scene has her near or in a state of shock. Her moments being interviewed by a reporter, played by Billy Crudup, find her character in and out of a very snappy mood. It would appear no one pushed Jackie Kennedy around. Crudup is a stand out, by the way. He's just about perfect.

The picture is non-linear. Crudup's reporter is taking notes for his story and its subsequent publication. Their conversation, at her estate, is interspersed with the running narrative of the events surrounding President Kennedy's death.

Scenes with Mrs. Kennedy and her two small children, Caroline and John, Jr., were difficult for me. But I had been through the real thing over a half century ago … as just about all older Americans did during one Thanksgiving holiday in the early last half of the 20th century.

So, in the main, I recommend Jackie for anyone not yet born or too young to remember that dark day in the Dallas sun. Terribly traumatic scenes are not used to any extent; except, maybe, for when Bobby keeps Jackie out of the room where her husband's autopsy is underway. Her brother-in-law grabs her just in time. She and we only have a passing glance into the Parkland Hospital pathology laboratory.

I'm not sure, but some clips used in Jackie seem to be the authentic wide shot visuals that I remember of the event. They appear to be fresh to the eye. There are genuine black and white clips of CBS News Correspondent Charles Collingwood doing a Jackie-walk-through of the White House. My most lasting visual memory of this event is simply witnessing the shooting that brought down Lee Harvey Oswald right there on my own television screen --- coming off the CBS Television Network. It was a gulp moment of incredulity in the den at my house. “What did I just see?!”

Portman should garner some award kind of notices for her performance. Her character, under the circumstances put forth by the script, surely would be a challenge for any actor doing this striking part of Jacqueline Kennedy in the autumn of 1962.

Whoops, I forgot to mention: Danish actor Caspar Philipson is cast as Jack Kennedy. He's pretty much a dead ringer for a quite young US Senator from Massachusetts so many of us still miss to this day.
Copyright © 2016 by Gary Chew. All right reserved.

Elk Grove Police Seek Apprehension of Man Suspected of Lewd Acts With Children

Monday, December 19, 2016 / No Comments
Elk Grove man wanted for lewd act with children

December 19, 2016 | 

The Elk Grove Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a man suspected of lewd acts on a child.

According to a press release issued this afternoon, police are attempting to locate 38-year-old Ronald Edward Northrup II (photo above), who has a no bail felony warrant related to seven counts of Penal Code 288(a) – lewd acts upon a child. On Thursday December 15, 2016, detectives served a search warrant at Northrup’s Elk Grove home related to an active investigation focusing on multiple counts of Penal Code 288(a). 

Northrup was not located at the residence during the warrant service and in phone conversations with detectives, Northrup has refused to turn himself in. Northrup is believed to be hiding in the Sacramento area and may be driving a 2006 Ford Escape 6GHW864. 

Elk Grove Police detectives have also determined that Northrup does have access to firearms, but it is unknown if he is currently armed. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Ronald Northrup II is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Detective Bureau at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357). 

Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Tips can also be sent via SMS text message by entering CRIMES (274637) on a cell phone, followed by Tip732 (agency identification number) and the message. 

Sacramento Police Arrest Suspect in 'Bait Package' Sting

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Local police apprehended a suspect on Friday night as part of their on-going Holiday "bait package" sting operation. 

On Friday, December 16 at aproximately 9:15 p.m., officers were alerted to a bait package theft near the 1800 block 25th Street in Midtown. Upon arrival, Sacramento Police Department officers located 59-year-old Michael Lumford (pictured above) in possession of the stolen property. 

A records check on Lumford revealed that he was on the naughty list. He was taken into custody without incident and booked for petty theft and his outstanding warrant.

As part of their ongoing effort to address seasonal increases in package theft, the Sacramento Police Department has been conducting an ongoing ‘bait package’ operation in various neighborhoods throughout the city. We have been partnering directly with residents in these neighborhoods who have generously allowed us to deploy bait packages in front of their homes. 

When would-be ‘porch pirates’ arrive and plunder the package, officers are alerted to the theft and quickly respond to pursue the pillager.