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Monday, November 30, 2009

Guest Hosted on CRN Talk this past Saturday night with Russ Waymire on CA Water Crisis, and Victor Valle on City of Industry: Genealogies of Power

Saturday Night, when I filled in on Nicole Remini's Show, Victor Valle was my special guest, on his new book, City of Industry--Genealogies of Power in Southern CA. Redevelopment looms big in So Cal, and Valle tells the story in way that pulls you in and keeps you riveted.

Russ Weymire, Grower, Farmer, Board Member and co-founder of Families Protecting the Valley, on the water crisis of the Central Valley, the politics, the billions of dollars and bonds voters will vote on next Nov. There is corruption of Bay Area elected officials and they are abetted by the State Legislature in acts that destroy the economy of the Central Valley in the name of a drought, that is hardly a drought, and in the name of protecting an allegedly endangered fish.

Victor Valle, who more than two decades ago, won a Pulitzer-Prize for his journalism as an investigative reporter, is currently a Professor of Ethnic Studies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, talks about the movers and shakers, the agents of Redevelopment, who amass power and fortune in partnership between state and local government officials, and the well connected, privileged developers who lord over Southern California. The book, City of Industry--Genealogies of Power in Southern California is a product of his rich, revealing historical investigative research and reporting. It's a who's who of power, land deals, and Redevelopment from the 20s to the present, delivered with the flavor of film and story of the movie, Chinatown and the old Film Noirs of the 30s and 40s.
Click here to go to my mp3/podcast of Saturday night's show in three segments
Dec 8, 2009, Victor Valle will be at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena,CA, at 7 pm, for a book signing.
Click here for details.

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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