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California Primary Elections June 5, 2018

 The Voter Guide for the California Statewide Primary, June 5, 2018 is now available.  Polls are open from 7 am to 8pm on that day.

President's Budget

Here is the link to President Trump's proposed budget: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/budget/2018

Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing)

The Process of Unconventional Natural Gas Production Hydraulic Fracturing https://www.epa.gov/uog/process-unconventional-natural-gas-production  EPA describes the processes involved in fracking.

Impact of Fracking on drinking water https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-06/documents/hf_es_erd_jun2015.pdf EPA report on the findings on fracking and water resources.

California State Department of Conservation has a site with many links to resources on fracking http://www.conservation.ca.gov/dog/general_information/Pages/HydraulicFracturing.aspx

Are earthquakes caused by fracking? https://earthquakes.ok.gov/faqs/

Report from the Oklahoma government’s EPA on this issue.  The USGS has a more detailed report https://earthquake.usgs.gov/research/induced//

What are the health risks with fracking. The National Institutes of Health have a report on this. https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/fracking/index.cfm

New York State government officially stopped fracking See the link to the entire environmental report at this site. http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/102337.html

 

 

Earthquake Information

Recent occurrences of earthquakes in the Midwest have been reported.  The US Geological Survey has released studies on this and issues revolving around "fracking".

To find information on the latest earthquakes, the US Geological Survey links to maps on California / Nevada.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has an excellent site with a pamphlet on "What to do before, during and after and earthquake".

The US Geologic Survey also has many resources on earthquakes, including the booklet, "Putting down roots in Earthquake Country".

 

Immigration and DACA

Climate Change

The Federal Government has assembled data from various agencies to establish a Climate Data center. 

Hospital cost comparisons

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have provide a list that compares the cost of procedures at hospitals across the country. The data provided here include hospital-specific charges for the more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals that receive Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) payments for the top 100 most frequently billed discharges, paid under Medicare based on a rate per discharge using the Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Group (MS-DRG) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. 

URL: http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/Medicare-Provider-Charge-Data/index.html

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Jan 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn.  Forty-five years later, his spirit continues to resonate.  The following links are to government publications recall his life and his influence on civil rights in the US.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Park,

http://www.nps.gov/malu/index.htmmalu/index.htm -- Take a virtual tour of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. home, Ebenezer Baptist Church and tomb of Dr. King.

Mountaintop speech  http://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/crc/mlk-mountaintop.htm     Dr. King gave a powerful speech to striking sanitation workers in Memphis on April 3, 1968. While much has been written about his speech and that he was assassinated the next day, the speech should be read for the spirit of Dr. King.

As part of the assassination investigation, the Select Committee on Assassinations of the U.S. House of Representatives issued a report on James Earl Ray as the perpetrator of the murder: http://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/select-committee-report/part-2b.html#fbi

 

 

 

 

Current Economic Issues

 

California Budget - gives latest details on California's state budget, including contact information.

City of San Jose, CA budget - site includes budget discussions and contact information.

Local Area Unemployment Statistics -- from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, find data not only in San Jose, but across the nation.

 

Political Contributions

Political Contributions

Elections continue to be of interest and many people are interested in political contributions in terms of:

- political contributions by corporations
- corporate lobbying expenditures
- instances of and judgements/fines for legal and regulatory violations by corporations
- philanthropic contributions

Here is a summary provided by Chuck E. Malone of Western Illinois University::

VERY Good Chart from Federal Elections Commission of "How Much Can I Contribute?" I recommend looking at this first!
http://www.fec.gov/ans/answers_general.shtml#How_much_can_I_contribute


- political contributions by corporations

- corporations are legally forbidden to make campaign contributions
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-wont-review-ban-on-corporate-contributions-to-political-candidates/2014/04/07/5913523c-be61-11e3-bcec-b71ee10e9bc3_story.html
It is my understanding that corporations can then donate to Political Action Committees, PACS.

PACs database: https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/

- additional organization and individual contributions databases:
http://www.fec.gov/disclosure.shtml
http://www.opensecrets.org/
https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php
http://www.campaignmoney.com/
http://maplight.org/
http://disclosures.house.gov/lc/lcsearch.aspx
http://data.stanford.edu/dime
http://www.followthemoney.org/

- corporate lobbying expenditures
http://soprweb.senate.gov/index.cfm?event=selectfields
https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/top.php?indexType=s
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/Public_Disclosure/LDA_reports.htm


- instances of and judgements/fines for legal and regulatory violations by corporations

Regulatory violations and fines: Couldn't find any one database. Have to go to each regulatory agency that may have a database.
There are dozens and dozens of federal agencies with regulatory responsibilities. http://www.regulations.gov/#!aboutPartners lists some of those agencies. Many individual agencies have their own inspection/fines databases. Some examples:

OSHA: https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/establishment.html

SEC: http://www.sec.gov/litigation.shtml

EPA:
http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/enforcement-basic-information
http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/data-and-results

EEOC has data, but not of individual companies
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/enforcement/index.cfm

FDA:
http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/Inspections/ucm222557.htm


Legal Proceedings against a company:
The 10-Q SEC report that companies have to file has a section, "Environmental and Legal" For SEC 10-Q reports, one can also use https://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/companysearch.html
or https://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/cik.htm seemed to work better for me in finding the 10-Q report for a company.
and then once one brings up the 10-Q report, use the browsers Find button to search for Environmental. Sometimes this section of a company's 10-Q report is kind of general and broad. Other times specific environmental and legal issues are cited.

- - philanthropic contributions
https://philanthropy.com/factfile/gifts
http://nccs.urban.org/
http://www.donorsearch.net/our-databases/
http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Organizations-Eligible-to-Receive-Tax-Deductible-Charitable-Contributions