Rights and Liberties

California’s culture could slow rush toward e-cig bans

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
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In the biggest "blue state" cities, administrative and regulatory action against e-cigarettes has been swift and fierce. California officeholders -- from the city council level all the way up to the U.S. Senate -- are poised to follow suit. But the West Coast's trendsetting culture may be the first ...

CA massage law: A case study in regulatory failure

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
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  Residents of Los Angeles know that “medical” marijuana shops are not the only gray-market business that’s experienced a recent boom. In a city with a taste for pleasure and an enterprising working class, “massage” parlors are apt to have a significant presence — and L.A. is no ...

AB 917 would send charter schools to the back of the class

Friday, August 30th, 2013
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The popularity and success of California’s 900 charter schools aren't making everyone happy. Union leaders have tried to organize the non-union schools, but unsuccessfully. New tactic: Hamper the charters' spread. AB 917, which just passed both houses of the Legislature, might accomplish that....

SB 25: A ‘surgical strike’ against CA agriculture

Monday, August 26th, 2013
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California's vital farm sector could see costs rise sharply if SB 25 becomes law. Backed by state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, it would allow the United Farm Workers labor union to force an employer into mandatory mediation at any time. The bill would put farm workers under the st...

CA teachers sue union over political use of dues

Monday, August 26th, 2013
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  Monday marks the start of a new school year for Rebecca Friedrichs, a kindergarten teacher at Holder School in Buena Park, a Southern California city of 82,000. The 25-year veteran of the Savannah School District is to be forgiven if she is wary of the reception she will receive from he...

CA senator seeks to coerce Boy Scouts, other nonprofits

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

July 9, 2013 By Katy Grimes Government should not be in the business of dictating the policies and religious convictions of private groups and charities. But that is exactly what one California lawmaker is attempting. Senate Bill 323 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, would strip organizatio...

A holiday that celebrates a nation founded on the right ideals

Monday, July 8th, 2013

July 8, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO --- Some fundamentalist Christians take the “Greatest Story Ever Told” and make it so unpalatable that it sends seekers running in the other direction. Likewise, some of my fellow liberty lovers take the greatest political and economic system ever d...

Ammiano bill would regulate nannies, babysitters

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

June 27, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- The "Domestic Workers Bill of Rights," AB 241, may have a certain civil rights ring to it, but it really should be called the Unionize Babysitters and Nannies Bill. By Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, in the bill's language it, "[W]ould spec...

Budget trailer bill will kill rights

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

June 20, 2013 By Katy Grimes A new budget trailer bill will gut the state Public Records Act at the local level. The Public Records Act provides Californians the ability to obtain documents about state and local government actions and hold government officials accountable. What special interes...

Bill advances ‘civil rights’ claims on gender-neutral bathrooms

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

May 16, 2013 By Katy Grimes As if plucked right out of the silly book, "There Oughta Be A Law," San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has been pushing a bill through the Legislature which has the potential of turning all schools into beta test sites for social experiments. AB 1266 would requir...