Rights and Liberties

Cracked dam shows vulnerability of CA green power grid

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
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California power grid operators learned Friday that Grant County in the state of Washington had implemented an emergency response plan due to a crack in the Wanapum Dam along the Columbia River. Divers detected a 65-foot long crack at the base of one of the dam’s 10 spillways last week.  Whi...

Feinstein/Boxer drought-relief proposal already carried out

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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On Feb. 11, 25 days after Gov. Jerry Brown declared an official drought, California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introduced a drought-relief bill. Senate Bill 216, " The California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014," was introduced concurrently with President Barack Obama’s visi...

L.A. Times’ undermining of ‘climate change’ claims could affect court fights

Monday, February 24th, 2014
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  It wasn't the intention of the Los Angeles Times, but the newspaper has provided historical drought data with implications for a U.S. Supreme Court case that was heard Monday, Feb. 24  -- "U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. U.S. EPA." The case challenges whether the U.S. Environmental Protect...

Will GOP learn from Faulconer’s win in San Diego?

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
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San Diego voters elected affable, seemingly moderate Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer as mayor in a special election Tuesday night, making him the biggest large-city GOP mayor in the United States. But before Republicans tout Faulconer's unexpectedly decisive 9 percentage point margin of victor...

Constitutional amendment seeks to revoke Prop. 209 racial preferences ban

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- The battle over racial preferences is heating up again in California. Senate Constitutional Amendment 5, by state Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, was just introduced in the Legislature. It would allow the University of California and California State University again to use race, ...

Legislature targets BB guns

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed 11 gun control bills into law and vetoed seven. More gun bills are on the firing line this year -- even banning some BB guns. On Jan. 28, the California Senate passed Senate Bill 199, by state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles. The vote was 23...

Fresno taxpayers object to misleading petition title and summary

Friday, January 24th, 2014

A group of Fresno taxpayers hoping to overturn the city's recent water rate hike has filed a formal complaint accusing the city attorney of issuing a biased and misleading title and summary for their referendum. It's the latest development in a bitter fight between the city and taxpayers. Last A...

2nd Amendment groups fight CA gun-control laws in court

Monday, January 20th, 2014

As fast as California lawmakers can write new gun-control laws, Second Amendment groups are challenging them in court. buy definition essay Earlier this month, a state senator, who has expressed support for racial profiling of ammunition sales, introduced legislation to require background check...

Democratic lawmakers again kill work flex bill

Friday, January 17th, 2014

In what has become an annual tradition in Sacramento, Democratic legislators have killed a bill to provide more flexibility in the hours that employees work. “Assembly Bill 907 would have allowed Californians to work more than eight hours in a day without overtime in exchange for additional tim...

Bill would strengthen public's right to comment before votes

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

“The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them,” says California Code Section 54950 of The Ralph M. Brown Act, the state's bedrock open-government law. cure for diabetes But that’s not always the way the system works. Whether it's delibera...