Rights and Liberties

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...

Push to increase CA green power mandate flops

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

On Jan. 6, a key provision was quietly struck from Assembly Bill 177, a measure introduced by Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez, D-Coachella, that would have expanded the green-power mandate for California utilites from 33 percent to 51 percent by the year 2030. Voting to delete the 51 percent provisio...

Bipartisan effort would limit federal spying in California

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Federal agencies could find it harder to spy on Californians if a new bill proposed this legislative session becomes law. State Senators Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, and Joel Anderson, R-San Diego, introduced legislation on Monday that would ban state agencies, officials and corporations that provide se...

Gerawan Farming files constitutional challenge against ALRB

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
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Gerawan Farming is fed up. On Dec. 16, Gerawan filed a constitutional challenge against the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, with the United Farm Workers of America as a "Real Party of Interest." It was filed with the California Court of Appeal, Fifth District in Fresno, against ...