This is President Trump’s America, not ours

“President Donald Trump started off the week by mocking one of the worst Native American massacres in US history in order to score some political points. By Friday, a group of young white teenagers were following his footsteps by taunting Native American elders at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC — on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, no less,” as Vox and other media are reporting.

“In videos shared widely on YouTube and Twitter, a young man wearing a self-assured smirk and a red ‘Make America Great Again’ stands inches away from a native elder who is beating a drum. Different angles of the incident show a group of a few dozen young people, mostly boys, in the background, jumping up and down and jeering in unison at the group of elders present for the day’s march. In some shots, the teens appear to be shouting ‘build that wall, build that wall.’

“According to Vincent Schilling from Indian Country Today, the elder targeted in the video clip is Nathan Phillips, a Vietnam veteran and former director of the Native Youth Alliance. Phillips is a keeper of a sacred pipe, Schilling reports, and each year hosts a ceremony honoring Native American veterans at Arlington National Cemetery. The commemoration coincided Friday with the first annual Indigenous Peoples March, which was organized by a coalition of tribal councils, activists and youth leaders to raise awareness on issues facing their community, from police brutality to mental wellness to violence against women.

“More video shows Phillips wiping away tears in reaction to the harassment.”

The rest of the article is here.

RIP, Carol Channing

RIP, Carol Channing. Carol’s son Chan is a newspaper cartoonist, and I sat next to him at the South Florida Sun Sentinel in the ’80s after graduating from Northwestern and before “coming home” to work at San Francisco Chronicle. Chan and I got to know each other, and I learned a little more about his famous mom. A New York Times article about Carol’s “larger than life” life is here. Good times.

DiCaprio Foundation donates $1,000 to “Goat Fund Me” in Nevada City

On December 8. I wrote about the “Goat Fund Me” campaign in Nevada City for fire supression, thanks to Reinette Senum. The post is here.

We donated, and I also suggested that Reinette contact the regional and national press for coverage.

Since then, this story has aired on the local TV stations, and L.A. Times, among other publications.

Now I see the Leonardo DeCaprio Foundation has donated $1,000 to the effort. Good going Leonardo! Good going Reinette!

PG&E CEO resigns as company faces billions in liability

“The CEO of Pacific Gas and Electric resigned Sunday and employees could learn this week if the utility will declare insolvency while facing billions of dollars in liability over its role in recent California wildfires,” as the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

“PG&E released a statement Sunday thanking Geisha Williams for her service. The board of directors chose John Simon as interim CEO.

“’While we are making progress as a company in safety and other areas, the board recognizes the tremendous challenges PG&E continues to face,’ the company said. ‘We believe John is the right interim leader for the company while we work to identify a new CEO.’

“PG&E is in discussions with lenders about a financing package worth up to $5 billion. It would allow the company to continue operating during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

“Under a new state law, PG&E must tell its employees at least 15 days before a change of control in the company — including a bankruptcy filing, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. That notice may come as soon as Monday.

“State fire investigators blamed the utility’s power lines for causing a number of California wildfires in October 2017.”

The rest of the article is here.

Gunman who killed Davis Officer Natalie Corona was ordered to surrender AR-15 rifle

“The gunman who shot and killed Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona Thursday night has been identified as Kevin Douglas Limbaugh, a 48-year-old man who was ordered last fall to surrender a semiautomatic rifle after he was convicted in a battery case,” the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

“Yolo County Superior Court records show Limbaugh was charged in September with battery with serious bodily injury, a incident that a source said stemmed from him punching a co-worker at Cache Creek Casino in the face after a dispute.

“The case was resolved as a misdemeanor conviction, and California Department of Justice records show he agreed to surrender a black .223-caliber Bushmaster AR-15 rifle in November.

“Court records also show Limbaugh did not possess any other weapons, and authorities have yet to determine where he obtained the two semiautomatic handguns he is believed to have used in a Thursday night rampage that killed the 22-year-old officer and shot up a surrounding downtown neighborhood.

“One former roommate, who asked not to be identified, told The Bee that ‘Kevin had a troubled life and felt trapped and had deep anger issues that he never let any of his friends see.’

“Online public records also show Limbaugh owes a $9,746 state tax lien in Bernanillo, N.M., that was filed against him in 2016.

“Limbaugh lived in a small, blue-gray house along a busy road in Davis, one block away from where Corona was killed.”

The rest of the article is here.

Reinette Senum’s “Goat Fund Me” campaign featured in the L.A. Times

“In tiny Nevada City, a Gold Rush town in Northern California touting a population of 3,100, folks are big on a novel idea to fight the increasing threat of wildfires: calling in the goats,” the L.A. Times is reporting

“Vice Mayor Reinette Senum has launched a crowdsourcing campaign called ‘Goat Fund Me,’ hoping the online fundraising efforts will garner $30,000 to work with local ranchers on a prescriptive grazing project on city-owned land, including 450 acres of greenbelt.

“’Why not do something — and as soon as we can?’ Senum said Friday from her home tucked into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where she has lived off and on since age 4. ‘If we’re not proactive, if we don’t help ourselves, no one else is going to step up.’

“The city is especially vulnerable to fires ‘because we’re an outdoorsy community. We spend a lot of time in nature and we’re packed with brush that turns into tinder that needs to be cleared,’ Senum said.

“The idea has been used elsewhere in California.

“For decades, Laguna Beach has launched a herd of goats to feast on the city’s canyon slopes in an effort to reduce the threat of brush fires.

“And last year, the Irvine Ranch Conservancy used the animals in its efforts to restore native grasses to the area.”

The rest of the article is here.