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The Truth About Criminal Threats

The Truth About Criminal Threats

The Truth About Criminal Threats

Threats are a part of life, a knee jerk reaction to anger, hurt feelings, and fear. Most people make threats without any intention of ever carrying them out. However, in this current world where school shootings and other heinous acts seem to be a weekly occurrence, people and members of the law enforcement community are taking threats more seriously than ever before.

Threats made on school grounds or that include a school system tend to be the first ones that law enforcement crack down on.

In these instances, law enforcement act first and ask questions later. A perfect example of this is a recent situation where a few students had a conversation about their desire to shoot up at their school in Los Angeles was overheard. The students had barely finished their conversation when police arrived on the scene and arrested both students. The charge was making criminal threats.

This type of thing is happening all over the country.

There aren’t any statistics outlining how many of the students who are charged with making criminal threats are actually doing nothing more than blowing off steam, but if the police and media are to be believed, for the most part, this is a situation of where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Police report that in many instances, after arresting a student for making criminal threats, they discover that the student was in possession of an alarming amount of firepower. An example of this is the arrest of a 17-year-old L.A. student who was arrested. When the police investigated the student’s home, they not only found 90-high-capacity magazines, but also 2 assault weapons as well as some handguns.

In California, the law is clear when it comes to making criminal threats.

California Penal Code Section 422 clearly states that making any type of verbal or written threat of death or bodily injury to another person is against the law. Comments posted on social media sites count as a written threat.

One interesting loophole In Penal Code Section 422 is that there’s no mention of gestures. At this point, this means that gestures that are symbolic to a gang or pointing a finger gun at someone doesn’t break the law. Whether or not gestures should constitute as a criminal threat was discussed in front of the California Supreme Court during the 2017 case, People v. Gonzalez. The court agreed with the defendant that gestures weren’t admissible in court. So far, the Penal Code hasn’t been amended to include the use of hand gestures as a criminal threat.


Did You Think California’s Water Problems Were Over?

Did You Think California’s Water Problems Were Over?

Did You Think California’s Water Problems Were Over?

Californians love their water. They love their coasts and their rolling green mountains. They love the wildlife and wildflowers that come out in the spring. When the weather starts warming up, the moisture starts evaporating. Plants die out, and the green turns to brown. It’s at this point we start wondering, are we in a drought? Are we supposed to be this dry?

We just survived a very devastating drought, and for once we can move past it. The last few years in California we have watched lakes dry up, and desert color tones become more prominent. We’ve survived many bans on our water usage, and watched green lawns wither away. We’ve all prayed for rain and finally got some. For once we’re not in a crisis mode over water in California. However, we’re not out of the desert just yet.

Currently we’re not in a serve drought, but that doesn’t mean all of our water problems are gone.

Parts of California may not have any drought warnings, but some do. Most of the Central and Northern parts of the state are abnormally dry. When you look at Southern California, this is where you’ll find some extreme drought areas. However, most of the Southern parts of the state are just moderately in a drought. This means that even through some of us are wetter than we were, we still have a ways to go to be completely drought free.

The California climate is always changing. California has a long history of unpredictable weather. In some parts of the state you have a brisk cold mornings followed by triple digits heat by noon. The overall climate of California plays a large role in the drought. California’s climate usually has a dry season from mid-May to late September. Then the dry season is followed by the wet season. The different typography in California diversifies the climate and weather patterns making it more complicated to predict.

We love our water, so we should take care of it.

Californians have done well when it comes to preparing for the dry seasons. Through reservoirs and conversation we are able to survive the dry times. We are also able to survive extreme drought conditions. Even though we’re finally breaking free from the drought conditions, we still need to be mindful of our water usage and conserve as much as we can.


Are You Ready To Go Camping?

Are You Ready To Go Camping?

Are You Ready To Go Camping?

It’s that time of year for family vacations. The warmer weather brings out the outdoorsy side of some people. It’s the perfect time to let those people be outdoorsy and it would be fun for you to tag along too. The trip itself can be very relaxing.

Camping can be a fun experience, you get to try a different way of living. Of course, everyone is way more comfortable in their own beds and climate controlled homes. However, camping is a chance to rough it and live with nature. You can feel at one with the world around you because there are far less distractions. Being out with nature can be a really humbling experience. It is a chance to see how far humans have come.

Camping provides us with unique, delicious meals that can only be found outdoors. There is something about the smell of a campfire, and the taste of s’mores that can make just about anyone’s heart swoon. It’s not just the s’mores that are to die for, it’s the different way of making pancakes in the morning with bacon. The campfire and nature around you seem to season the food just right.

Camping doesn’t need to just be in a tent. There are plenty of ways to experience the outdoor world. If camping in a tent seems too rough for you, you can always rent a cabin, trailer, or RV. If you want to rough it more, you can always sign up for a horseback riding camping trip where you travel on horseback for several days, and can only carry what your horse can. No matter what your style is, there are plenty of ways to get your outdoors on.

Going camping may seem daunting at first, however, it can be a lot of fun once you figure it out. Doing stuff like this is where people get the best stories to tell their friends. No one wants to talk about how they leveled up in a game, but they will talk about the time they accidentally ate a bug.

Camping is a great opportunity to step away from all the distractions and get outside to breathe some fresh air.


The Bully Epidemic

The Bully Epidemic

The Bully Epidemic

W.D. Ross was a man who believed that we as humans had a duty to do the morally right thing. He created the seven prima facie duties that we could use to help determine if we were on the “right path”. For some of us, the right path can be unclear. While others may see the world as black and white, some see the world in many varying shades of gray.

One of Ross’ prima facie duties is of beneficence. This particular duty is about doing well to others. It’s about bettering the human condition in which we are all affected by. The prima facie duty of beneficence is about harm prevention. In order to live by Ross’ prima facie duties, one must go down the morally right path. This means we must acknowledge that we shouldn’t harm others.

Bullying has been an issue throughout the ages, but has gotten worse in today’s world. The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey finds that 16% of high school students (grades 9-12) were electronically bullied in the past. In today’s world, bullying is creative and can be part of the victim’s daily life.

The National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that 6% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is when one person verbally or mentally, attacks another person through social media.

Cyberbullying is morally wrong.

When bullies are harming others online, they are not following the prima facie duty of beneficence. When a kid/teenager is being bullied online, they are often bullied in person as well. This makes it harder for the victim to get away from the bully or harassment.

The problem is that this is not just the pecking order or how to give kids “tougher” skin. This is a serious issue because bullying leads to suicide. “It is the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24, surpassed only by homicide and accidents,” according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. As family members, we should be concerned about loved ones around us. We need to be involved with them so that we can notice if they are being bullied.

Being aware of the issue of bullying is one thing, but taking action is another.

If you suspect that someone is being bullied, don’t just sit there and let it happen. Report it to a trusted individual and work to put an end to the problem. If more people step up and work together to stop bullying, we could put an end to this epidemic.

California Liquor Laws We Take For Granted

California Liquor Laws That We Take For Granted

California Liquor Laws That We Take For Granted

If you have been born and raised in California, and you’re 21 years of age, you know that getting ahold of alcohol is fairly simple. You don’t have to worry about what time it is, or what day it is. You can even get it at your local grocery store. These are little things about California Liquor laws that we take for granted.

The rest of the states don’t have the same laws as California, especially when it comes to alcohol sales. States like Oklahoma have stricter sales of liquor. There, you can’t buy liquor from a grocery store or on Sundays. Beer that is sold at grocery stores has a lower percentage of alcohol. Liquor stores can sell beer, but it can’t be sold cold. Lastly, all liquor stores must close by 9 p.m. every day. The only exception to this is Sundays because all liquor stores must be closed that day. Oklahoma isn’t the only state with strict liquor laws like this.

States like Texas, Kentucky, and a majority of the southern states still have dry counties, meaning that in certain counties it is illegal to sell or buy liquor. This may be shocking to some to find out that there are still limits on alcohol, but it shouldn’t be. Most states still allow counties or districts to decide whether or not they want to allow the sale of alcohol. Only a few states, like Arizona, and Hawaii, do not allow local districts or counties to decide on alcohol laws.

California tends be very free from restrictions when it comes to alcohol sales. According to the California’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) there are a few laws that we need to be aware of.

Minors, under the age of 21, cannot be bartenders. Being under 21 limits what you can do in a lot of areas, but especially when it comes to drinking. Even though being a bartender doesn’t require you to drink alcohol, you’re classified as too young to recognize drunken behaviors. A bartender is responsible for everyone that they serve alcohol to, including the patrons in the restaurant that you don’t directly serve mixed drinks to. Even though the server is delivering the drinks to restaurant patrons, the bartender is ultimately responsible for them.

Selling alcohol to a minor or a known alcoholic is illegal. Selling alcohol to a minor can land you in serious trouble. That is why it is always wise to check for proper identification. Not only is it illegal to sell to minors, for obvious reasons, it’s also illegal to sell to drunks. If a person is heavily intoxicated and is trying to buy alcohol, no one should sell him any. If anything, vendor should take the intoxicated person’s keys away and/or call the police. The same goes for alcoholics in California.

The reason why California has so many laws in regards to alcohol is to keep the general populace safe.

Without laws in place, public intoxication, drunk driving accidents, and many other unfavorable things would increase in popularity. With leniency comes responsibility. So drink responsibly and be glad you can find your favorite six pack of beer on a Sunday night.

Graduating High School Just Got Easier

Graduating High School Just Got Easier

Graduating High School Just Got Easier

Everybody wants to graduate. Kids want to graduate from high school. Young adults want to graduate from college. Adults want to graduate from grad school. Even parents want their kids to graduate. Everyone wants to graduate something, and there is one thing that we all can graduate from, and that is high school. If you’re a parent of a kid who is currently in high school, or if you’re a high school dropout, don’t give up hope on graduation.

Having kids in high school can be a daunting task. You have to watch them grow up and make their own decisions. This can be frustrating when they decide to blow off doing homework and other school projects. Luckily, being the parent of the family gives you the authority to encourage them to do their work, or else. It’s one of the perks of being a parent after all. Even if they do complete their work, you may still worry if they’ll ever graduate high school.

There are several steps high school students have to complete in order to graduate in the state of California. The California Department of Education (CDE) set forth the standard that is required of students in order to graduate. Unfortunately, one of those requirements includes math. For starters, all high school students have to complete Algebra I or a course equivalent to that in order to graduate. Math is a touchy subject for a lot of people, and it can intimidate a lot of them into not passing the class.

Something that is exciting, is the fact that California high school students are no longer required to take the exit exam. The CASHEE or the California High School Exit Examination, was eliminated in 2015. The CASHEE was a long series of tests given to students, similar to the standardized tests given near the end of every school year. However, unlike the standardized tests, the CASHEE determined if a student could graduate or not.

If you’re a parent or a person who is looking to finally graduate from high school in California, there are plenty of tips and information for you at the CDE’s website. The state of California wants people to get an education. According to US News, California currently ranks 26th amongst the states, which is why the state is making a push to improve its education. Everybody wants to graduate, and luckily you can graduate too.

Diversity In California

Diversity In California

Diversity In California

One of the great things about California is the massive amount of diversity in the culture, food, and people. Not only do we have an awesome source of vitamin D, we also get to explore different cultures a well. While driving through any part of California, you’ll get a dose of the surrounding cultures.

California is actually so diverse it’s the second most diverse in the country behind Hawaii.

California is also home to some of the largest ethnic communities like: Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans. Therefore, it is no surprise that according to the US Census Bureau, 61.5% of California’s population is non-white, which means the mass majority would typically be a minority in other states.

The Latino community in California is the largest ethnic group according to the US Census Bureau. This means we’re heavily influenced by their culture. Seeing that California was once under Mexico’s control, it makes sense. All the missions in California are from Spanish origins. Even the most famous prison in the state, Alcatraz, is influenced by the culture. When the lighthouse on the island of the prison was built, California was still considered part of Mexico. The island itself was named by Juan Manuel de Ayala in 1775. If missions and prisons aren’t what you’re looking for to submerge yourself in the Latino culture, check out Olvera Street in Los Angeles.

The Asian community in California is also one of the largest in the nation. In California 1.7 million Asians call the Golden State home. The Asian community includes: Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Pakistani, Indian, Sri Lankan, Japanese, and Bangladeshi. If you’re looking for submersion into their culture you have plenty of places to check out. From Chinatown in Los Angeles to some of best Asian cuisine restaurants in Orange County, you can just about taste the culture.

American Indians or Native American has the largest population here in California. The West Coast state, according to LA Weekly, is home to the largest population of indigenous people. The US Census Bureau says that in California, the population for Natives is roughly 235,000. Native Americans have been here for over 19,000 years according to Britannica. Way back before the west was “settled”, Native Tribes calls California home, because of the variety of vegetation and mild climate. The best way to dive in to the Native American culture is by checking out their art.

California is one of those colorful states with a wide variety of people.

It’s almost a culture shock when you travel to other states and realize that they are not all like California. Living in such a diverse state creates an understanding and appreciation of other cultures. It can also drive you to be more understanding of others’ beliefs and values. Don’t just soak up the sun, soak up the culture as well. Welcome to California!

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