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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The class action settlement still faces some hurdles. The Court must approve the settlement terms and T-Mobile reserved the right to terminate the settlement agreement if an undisclosed number of customers opt out of the settlement.
Within a year after Prop 13 was enacted, furious tenants pushed their local legislators and electorates to enact rent control ordinances. Rent control quickly sprung up in Santa Monica, Berkeley, and even the big boys: Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Last week, the state Department of Water Resources released a draft environmental impact report on the latest iteration of the 57-year-long effort to change the Delta's role in water supply, a 45-mile-long tunnel officially named the "Delta Conveyance."
For decades, police oversight in California began and ended within a local department. Rarely did the state step in.
Increasing safety is paramount to restoring rider trust and confidence in our beleaguered public transportation systems.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Disability selective abortions, or the termination of pregnancy due to a prenatal disability diagnosis, create significant tension between the two human rights campaigns.
In March, California released a strategic plan for expanding the use of beneficial fire. The plan acknowledges the importance of the tribes and the private sector to achieve its goals, and calls for workforce development through the Prescribed Fire Training Center concept.
The City by the Bay is, of course, known for its fog and capricious weather. But as much of the nation suffers staggeringly high temperatures, California in general seems to be enjoying something of a reprieve from the heat, at least the extreme kind.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

In September 2019 - about the same time that the Covid epidemic began in China, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published a study regarding a silicosis epidemic among synthetic stone fabrication workers in California, Colorado, Texas and Washington, documenting 18 cases of silicosis among synthetic stone fabricators in these states.
Gov. Gavin Newsom needs to step in before the plan is finalized next month and tell the board to strengthen the rule, speeding the all-electric transition and slashing auto pollution. The stakes couldn't be higher.
Over two years into the coronavirus pandemic, we're all exhausted by the threat of infectious diseases. But let's be clear: Monkeypox is unlikely to become the next COVID-19. It's not as contagious, and we've had tests and vaccines for the virus for years.

Monday, July 18, 2022

At a certain stage in life, the tax code requires that you begin withdrawing at least a minimum amount from your IRA on an annual basis.
While the San Francisco Bay Area opted for the emerging sector of digital technology, Southern California — Los Angeles particularly — believed that its future lay in logistics, tying the region to the fast-growing economies of Asia.
The proposed 2,100-acre Dos Rios Ranch State Park in western Stanislaus County has the potential to be as wonderful as it is unique.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Most of the seven ballot measures that are being placed before voters this year are sponsored by interest groups that Democrats generally support.
Keep in mind that the operative issue is protection of the public health and safety from unknown contaminant exposure – not protection of your pocketbook, or your client's; there is clearly a higher standard.
The registration procured by Ohio State covers t-shirts, caps, and hats. Although the registration covers limited goods and services, that hasn't stopped people from being outraged by the idea that a person or entity can obtain exclusive rights to use of the most commonly used word in the English language.
In years past, finding enough substitute teachers was not a daily struggle. Now it seems as if every substitute teacher is in high demand.
Combined, the system's 23 campuses graduate just half of Black students who enter as freshmen over a six-year period — well below the overall six-year average of 63%, according to the latest system data from 2021.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

The case tests the power of state legislatures to set the rules for federal elections without state court oversight. It has the potential to further shut the door to judicial review of redistricting voter challenges by state courts.
Newsom branded it a "reckless decision" and pledged that California "will continue to lead in the fight to keep our people safe. Next week, I will have 16 new gun safety bills on my desk, including a bill that will allow individuals to sue gun makers and distributors for violating certain gun laws.
That's because the direct deposits and debit cards — expected to begin arriving in late October and conclude in January 2023 — will be sent out based on tax returns.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Since the beginning of our system of government, SCOTUS justices, unlike judges below them, have managed to avoid playing by the rules under a code of ethics. Hundreds of judges say that is a problem
Researchers found that between 2019 and 2021, the life expectancy for Latino Californians fell by almost six years — from 82.5 years to 76.8.
$1.4 billion is heading to 26 public campuses this year to build or expand dorms, a tripling of the original plan to send $470 million to just nine campuses.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

The California Institute for Rural Studies' report said farm and food production employers routinely failed to provide workers with face masks, nor did they enforce physical distancing or notify workers when there were COVID outbreaks at worksites.
Newsom has patiently climbed the political ladder one rung at a time, beginning with appointments by Willie Brown, then mayor of San Francisco, to the city parking commission and later to the city's Board of Supervisors (city council).
Our salmon are flirting with extinction because they're not getting the cold water they need to survive.
Most people testing positive aren't becoming severely ill. In fact, the number of people dying from COVID in California is currently lower than at almost any point in the pandemic. (This trend holds across much of the country.)

Monday, July 11, 2022

The good news is that the stock market has historically delivered a higher rate of return than other forms of investment in the same timeframe.
The new investigative position is intended to intensify oversight and improve performance of the $105 billion railroad project.

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