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Jieranai Maier
Be Kind Whenever Possible. Love Is the Answer.
Be Kind Whenever Possible. Love Is the Answer.

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Blessings and grateful for the rain and for not getting clobbered by the last few So Cal storms. This picture was take few days ago.
Sunny and bright sky today. Have a wonderful day <3 

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Seattle mayor may sue Trump over immigration information
Seattle has vowed to protect immigrants and refugees and to not help federal authorities. Murray has instructed city departments to rework budgets to prepare for the possibility that federal dollars could be lost if Trump cuts aid.

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A veteran officer was killed and another injured after a parolee opened fire on them after they responded to a traffic incident today in Whittier, California, police officials said.

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Sweden .. ok, President Bush !! (Pelosi)
& Crimea = Korea (Ms Maxine Waters)


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Hillary's Mexican Wall - We need to build a Wall!

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Oh yes... He was against Illegal Immigrants.. BUT..
Oh no, he was not a president YET.
Sen. Barack Obama on Illegal Immigration His arguments for holding employers accountable and a strong border.

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Monnths after Lorena Gonzalez and Nathan Fletcher began their well-publicized romance, a courtship that culminated in a New Year’s Day wedding, the San Diego assemblywoman solicited tens of thousands of dollars in donations to her then-boyfriend’s fledgling charity.

The 2016 contributions came in chunks of $5,000 and $10,000 from some of the best-known special interests in Sacramento — Chevron, Big Pharma, San Diego Gas & Electric and the tribal councils in charge of the Barona and Viejas casinos.

In all, Gonzalez-Fletcher, D-San Diego, reported five donations totaling $35,000 to the Three Wise Men Veterans Foundation, the nonprofit Fletcher set up after his second failed campaign for San Diego mayor.

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The couple announced they were dating in 2015. The solicitations started in June and continued into November. Several of them came after the same donors contributed the maximum allowed to Gonzalez-Fletcher’s re-election campaign.

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Gonzalez-Fletcher said there was nothing untoward about the fundraising and did not rule out doing it again. The solicitations amounted to little more than an email sent out by her office, she said, and Fletcher took the lead following up with potential donors.

“I found out after the fact that Nathan had contacted those same people and others,” she said by telephone. “When they donated, out of an abundance of caution, we went ahead and disclosed it. I’m glad I could help out a nonprofit whose purpose is to keep veterans from killing themselves.”

The solicitations are a little-known practice called behested payments. State rules allow solicitation of such contributions for legislative, governmental or charitable purposes. Donations of $5,000 or more must be reported to the state Fair Political Practices Commission, and $7.4 million in behested payments were reported by state elected officials statewide in 2016.

Carl Luna, head of the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement at the University of San Diego, said he was unaware of behested payments until asked about the practice by U-T Watchdog.

“The big objection I have is this is using public power to advance a personal interest,” Luna said. “Even if you don’t have a personal stake in it, why should these groups get it when all these other groups aren’t even in the competition?”

Fletcher, who married Gonzalez in Balboa Park hours after celebrating his 40th birthday on New Year’s Eve, served two terms in the state Assembly before falling short in campaigns for San Diego mayor in 2012 and 2013.

He said the donations to the Three Wise Men Veterans Foundation were properly recorded and sustain an important cause.

“I am grateful for anyone, including my now wife, who supports our efforts,” Fletcher said by telephone. “I wish more folks would step up to use whatever influence and contacts they have to help veterans, whether it’s my group or any other group.”

Fletcher, who was first elected as a Republican and later ran for mayor as an independent before becoming a Democrat, is a former U.S. Marine who spent eight months in Iraq in 2004. He is an executive at Qualcomm, teaches part-time at the University of California San Diego and has been mentioned as a candidate for county supervisor in 2018.

His nonprofit takes its name from Fletcher’s cousins — brothers named Jeremy Wise, Ben Wise and Beau Wise — who served in the armed services after the 9/11 terror attacks. Jeremy Wise was killed in Afghanistan in 2009; Ben Wise died there two years later.

Three Wise Men is too new to have filed and released tax returns, a measure of transparency the government requires in return for tax exempt status. The organization has raised tens of thousands of dollars from business and government leaders in recent months, including a pair of $5,000 grants from the County of San Diego.

Fletcher said he takes no salary from the foundation and donates his time. The charity said in its state registration application that it does or will compensate its officers, directors or trustees.

Board member Paul Worlie said none of the three board members are being paid for their service and that disclosure was meant to be forward-looking.

“As the organization grows, 3WM wants to have the flexibility to add staff members who could be considered ‘officer,’” he said by email.

Worlie works for the San Diego public relations firm Nuffer Smith Tucker, which had a $5,000-per-month contract with the nonprofit to perform media communications and other services. Worlie said the contract ended last month.

Gonzalez-Fletcher announced she was dating Fletcher in September 2015. In 2016, she awarded him the Veteran of the Year distinction for her Assembly district and helped raise money for his foundation.

According to the Fair Political Practices Commission, the Barona Band of Mission Indians donated $5,000 to the charity on June 28, 2016, six months after giving Gonzalez’s re-election campaign the maximum $4,200.

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians donated $10,000 to Fletcher’s nonprofit July 18, six months after the tribe gave the maximum $4,200 to Gonzalez’s campaign.

Chevron wrote $2,100 checks to the Gonzalez campaign in April and August, then donated $5,000 to the Three Wise Men Veterans Foundation in November.

San Diego Gas & Electric gave $5,000, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America gave $10,000 to the group at the assemblywoman’s request.

Gonzlez-Fletcher reported three other behested contributions in 2016 — $5,000 each from SDG&E and AT&T to The Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank and $5,000 from Barona to Joyner Elementary, a magnet school in City Heights.

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