Rights and Liberties

Sweeping new legal challenge to bullet train

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
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A massive California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit was filed June 4 in Sacramento Superior Court over the newly certified environmental impact report (EIR) for the bullet-train project segment linking Fresno to Bakersfield. This EIR is supposed to have far more details about the impacts of th...

CA air board may invalidate 1.3 million pollution-offset credits

Monday, June 9th, 2014
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's repeated punishment of an Arkansas waste disposal firm has led the California Air Resources Board to consider invalidating 1.3 million environmental offset credits bought from the Arkansas company by California firms to offset the effects of air pollution. ...

CA joins national gun standoff

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
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It's a gun standoff like in a Quentin Tarantino movie -- barrels pointed but nothing resolved for now. That's why gun law in California and the rest of America won't be standardized anytime soon. This month, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the issue. On appeal was a New Jersey case...

CA lawmakers look to pull plug on NSA snooping

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Big Brother might have to close his eyes. A new bipartisan bill would prohibit California's cooperation with warrantless snooping by the National Security Agency. Senate Bill 828 is by state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Redondo Beach. Invoking the Bill of Rights' Fourth Amendment protections against unre...

Prison litigation brings no relief for taxpayers

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
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A panel of three federal judges recently granted California two additional years to bring the state's prison system into compliance with legally mandated limits on incarceration numbers. Explained the San Jose Mercury News, "At the same time, the judges set strict guidelines for how the state...

Momentum grows for police body cameras

Monday, April 21st, 2014
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For critics of police misconduct looking for an easy fix, one solution towers above the rest: affix video cameras to cops. The idea is picking up steam in California, where top officials are showing increased interest. Yet this also is a time when concerns about data harvesting and government sur...

Video: The wisdom of Milton Friedman

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
NEW: Video: The wisdom of Milton Friedman

If Milton Friedman were alive today, what words of wisdom would he impart on us? CalWatchdog.com editor-in-chief Brian Calle asks Friedman's protégé and Dean of Chapman University School of Law, Tom Campbell. http://youtu.be/UBvaVrvfodg

CalWatchdog.com story spurs San Diego lawmakers to introduce bill

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Two San Diego legislators are calling on the federal government to end the practice of paying people with disabilities less than minimum wage. Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and State Sen. Ben Hueso have introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 36 to increase pressure on Congress to repeal a...

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...