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California Court Rules That a Mother's Custody Petition Requires a Hearing

Brad Reid | Posted 07.26.2015 | Parents
Brad Reid

In a just decided (July 23, 2015) unpublished decision (In re Emily S.) the Court of Appeals of California, Second Appellate District, has reversed a trial court's decision that denied, without a hearing, a biological mother's court petition to regain custody of a daughter.

Black Woman's 'Lynching' Arrest Sparks Debate Over California Law

Reuters | Emmett Berg | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices

California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday was considering whether to sign a bill that would remove the word "lynching" from a 1933 law that used th...

Taking Back California's Direct Democracy from Special Interests

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
Nicolas Berggruen

Together, these reforms will improve the quality of our initiatives and our direct participation. They create what in political science circles is known as an "indirect initiative effect" -- a role for the legislature to foster public comment and active debate, to highlight errors and unintended consequences and fix them, and perhaps to craft policy solutions via legislation.

826 Valencia's Student-Journalists Weigh-in on Free Speech, Three Strikes Law

826 Valencia | Posted 07.09.2013 | San Francisco
826 Valencia

Under California's Three Strikes law, petty thieves and shoplifters don't get a strike against them and aren't charged for life; but it wasn't always like this. Before, it was the opposite.

Married? It's Rape. Single? Sorry...

AP | GREG RISLING | Posted 03.06.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- An appellate court ruling overturning a rape conviction because the victim wasn't married prompted anger Friday from women's groups and...

State Court Overturns Rape Conviction Over Arcane Law

AP | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

LOS ANGELES — A California appeals court overturned the rape conviction of a man who authorities say pretended to be a sleeping woman's boyfrien...

The Cottage Food Bill Clears First Hurdle in California

Phil Lempert | Posted 07.17.2012 | Home
Phil Lempert

I believe that all food companies, large and tiny, have a food safety responsibility and every food processing facility should be inspected -- what do you think?

California Lawmaker Introduces Measure Inspired By Penn State Scandal

Aaron Sankin | Posted 11.23.2011 | San Francisco

While the shocking sexual abuse scandal at Penn State left a lot of people wagging their tongues, one California legislator has decided to do somethin...

The Current State Of The Reader Privacy Bill: Should You Feel Threatened?

Electronic Frontier Foundation | Posted 07.11.2011 | Books

California took another big step towards updating reader privacy today. The State Senate unanimously passed SB602, the Reader Privacy Act, which would...