Wednesday, February 21, 2018

By Liam Dillon - LA Times

The mayors of California’s 11 largest cities are pushing for $1.5 billion in state money to address homelessness.

“Homelessness is the single biggest quality of life challenge we face in our cities,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, who is leading the group of big-city mayors. “Cities cannot do it alone.”

The pitch comes in new state legislation, Assembly Bill 3171, which would require local governments to match the state dollars, resulting in $3 billion to fund homeless shelters, rental assistance, permanent housing and other efforts.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

By Peter Holley - Washington Post

Inventor and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk claims he’s sold thousands of flamethrowers in recent days, turning a online gag into a marketing ploy worth millions.

But a California assemblyman said he plans to introduce legislation to block the distribution of the devices before they end up in customers’ hands.

In an email to The Washington Post, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, a Democrat from Los Angeles, said he thought the flamethrower idea was a joke when he first heard about it.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

By Susan Abram - Los Angeles Daily News

Two Los Angeles-area assemblymembers introduced legislation Wednesday to amend a state code to give providers more support if they determine a homeless individual who has a mental illness needs medical care.

The introduction of AB 1971 comes a day after LA County leaders voted 4 to 1 to sponsor legislation that would allow social workers and members of law enforcement to determine if a homeless person is “gravely disabled” enough to be detained and taken into medical care.

Currently, the state code on “gravely disabled” reads: “A condition in which a person, as a result of a mental disorder (rather than a chosen lifestyle or lack of funds) is unable to provide for his or her basic needs for food, clothing or shelter.”

AB 1971 would amend that to include “or medical treatment where the lack or failure of such treatment may result in substantial physical harm or death.”

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

By Jonathan Lopez - TopSpeed

Elon Musk’s latest venture, The Boring Company, is offering up presales on a new branded “flamethrower,” accumulating some 10,000 orders in just two days. Musk promises the device is legal and not eligible for regulation by the ATF, but one California politician doesn’t want them in the Golden State.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018


State Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) introduced legislation Wednesday to change the criteria by which local governments are able to provide critical medical care to homeless individuals who are mentally ill.

AB 1971’s introduction comes a day after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to approve such legislation.

“It is inhumane to be a bystander when we have the power to do something to save lives in this vulnerable population,” Santiago said. “We need to ensure there is proper medical care for homeless individuals with mental illness who are suffering on the streets with serious physical ailments.”

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

By Fiona McIntyre - New Civil Engineer

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s tunnelling plans have taken an unexpected turn after his tunnelling firm, The Boring Company, began selling flamethrowers.

The company’s move into merchandising began last year when it sold 50,000 branded baseball caps. At the time Musk promised on Twitter that if 50,000 were sold, the company would start selling flamethrowers.

Now it appears Musk has made good on his promise, selling the flamethrowers for $500 (£353) each. According to Musk, more than 17,500 flamethrowers have been sold since they went on sale on Saturday.

Reaction to the stunt has been mixed, with Californian Assembly member Miguel Santiago immediately pledging to block sales of the flamethrowers with new legislation.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

By Inside Edition Staff - Inside Edition

Tesla billionaire Elon Musk's new invention — a flamethrower — is stirring up a firestorm while selling like hot cakes. 

Musk's company, The Boring Co., has already sold 15,000 in pre-orders, according to his personal Twitter account. 

At $500 each, the flamethrowers will be shipped in the spring.

The visionary behind the Tesla electric car and the Space-X rockets even appears in an Instagram video promoting the flamethrowers.

The idea of selling one to the general public seems so off-the-wall that many have been wondering whether it's all an elaborate joke. 

Skepticism was also raised after Musk tweeted out comments like: "When the zombie apocalypse happens, you'll be glad you bought a flamethrower. Works against hordes of the undead or your money back!"

Other head-scratching tweets have been met with suspicion.