The Truth About Proposition 37—Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods

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Carole Bartolotto: I knew the battle over prop 37 would be heated, tough, and ugly. But I was not expecting biotech companies and food manufacturers to stoop as low as they have and spend a million dollars a day doing so.

California TRUST Act Awaits Governor’s Signature

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Michele Waslin: Passage of the TRUST Act would be an important step toward mitigating the harmful impact of the Secure Communities Program (S-Comm). Immigrant advocates from across the country are calling on Gov. Brown to sign the bill into law.

State Officials Misinformed California Anglers on Ocean Closures

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Dan Bacher: Grassroots environmental leaders, including John Lewallen, the co-founder of the Ocean Protection Coalition and the North Coast Seaweed Rebellion, are supporting the litigation against the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, in contrast with some corporate environmental NGOs that back the process.

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Commission Sets Date for South Coast Marine Reserves

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Dan Bacher: To protest proposed restrictions on coastal gathering proposed under the MLPA Initiative, members of the Yurok, Hoopa Valley, Karuk and other Tribes on Saturday, June 18 gathered seaweed, mussels and clams at three beaches on the North Coast.

AB 144 Will Ban the “Open Carry” of Unloaded Handguns

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Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (AD44) joins police chiefs and rank and file police officers in calling on California to ban the open display of firearms. Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) has introduced legislation to outlaw the “open carry” of unloaded handguns in California

Why People Hate Politics

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Gautam Dutta: Rather than engage in discussion and debate, many politicians find it easier to demonize their opponents, rather than debate the issues.

Buried Alive

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Diane Lefer: Though the Supreme Court ruled on May 17, that juveniles must not be sentenced to life without parole for any crime short of homicide, we expected no surprise and no mercy when we arrived in court Friday morning for the sentencing of young Tedi Snyder. But Judge Ohta did not hand down the preordained 80-year-to-life-sentence. Not because such a sentence is, in effect, equivalent to life without parole, but rather because he, the judge, was recovering from surgery.

How to Get Your Own News

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Sharon Kyle: In a book entitled, Just How Stupid Are We?, author Rick Shenkman asks, “Are America’s voters prepared to shoulder the responsibility of running the most powerful nation on earth? Do a majority know enough?” These questions are not new but the current economic crisis brings to the fore the urgency of an answer.

California’s Three Strikes Law

This is the story of Sue, one among millions who have been impacted by California’s Three Strikes Law. This is the story of a Mom who used tough love when her son was a troubled youth and now regrets it. This video is part 2 in a series written, directed, and produced by film maker […]

California Tenants Have No Friends in Governor’s Race

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But there are “pro-tenant” Democrats in California who could get elected Governor – if they bothered to run. Antonio Villaraigosa bowed out of the race, which is unfortunate – given his track.

AB 56 Would Require Health Insurance Cover Mammograms for Screening or Diagnostic Purposes

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Existing California law mandates that health insurance companies that are regulated under the California Insurance Code (PPOs) must provide coverage for mammograms to screen for breast cancer according to a woman’s age as specified in statute. AB 56 will require these health insurance companies to cover mammograms for screening or diagnostic purposes for breast cancer […]

AB 1017 Would Strengthen Laws Regarding Rape Kit Testing

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In September of 2008 it was disclosed that the City of Los Angeles had not opened or tested over 7,000 rape kits that were collected as evidence. Of these kits, 217 had been held beyond the 10-year statute of limitations that applies to the crime of rape. A report published by the independent group, Human […]

Make Election Day a Family Affair

by Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas – In just few a days, California and the entire nation will participate in an extraordinary election.  This election will be historic not simply because it marks the first time a major party candidate is a person of color or that the Republican vice presidential nominee is female, but also because […]

No on Prop 6: The Runner Initiative

The Runner Initiative harms youth and families, if passed by the voters in November, the Runner Initiative will result in cuts to schools, healthcare, eldercare and other vital services, erode civil rights and civil liberties and hurt working families. It would: • Create a legal presumption that minors as young as 14-years of age will […]

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