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SALINAS CALIFORNIAN: Corinthian: Plans to sell Heald under way

July 08, 2014

By Roberto M. Robledo

Heald College in Salinas is on track to be sold, a spokesman for the parent company confirmed Tuesday. But students at the private, for-profit business school have been assured that they will be able to complete their coursework.

“All 12 of our Heald campuses, including Salinas, are being sold,” said Kent Jenkins Jr., vice president, Public Affairs Communications for Corinthian Colleges Inc. in Washington, D.C.

LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL: A judicial 'no' on gay conversion therapy

July 01, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling upholding the constitutionality of a California law authored by state Sen. Ted Lieu banning the use of so-call gay conversion therapy on minors.

By Times Editorial Board

LOS ANGELES TIMES: California acts to speed up quake fault mapping

July 01, 2014

By Rosanna Xia

With Gov. Jerry Brown's approval, California officials are reviving an ambitous plan to study dangerous earthquake faults and create zoning maps that could restrict development.

The California Geological Survey began Tuesday to zone the Santa Monica fault, which runs through highly populated areas of the Westside and is among 2,000 miles of faulting across the state that still needs to be mapped.

PARK LA BREA NEWS/BEVERLY PRESS: Citizens United bill passes Senate

June 12, 2014

A measure to send a message to Congress that the rulings of Citizens United must be overturned passed off the Senate Floor at the end of May.

SB 1272 by state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) would add an advisory question to the Nov. 4 2014 General Election ballot asking voters whether Congress should propose an amendment to the Constitution overturning Citizens United.

SACRAMENTO BEE: Audit faults lack of consent for California inmate sterilizations

June 19, 2014

By David Siders

More than one-quarter of inmate sterilizations performed in California from mid-2005 to mid-2013 followed deficient consent procedures, including 18 cases in which the waiting period between consent and surgery was potentially violated, the state auditor said Thursday.

State Auditor Elaine Howle said in a report that of 144 inmates sterilized using bilateral tubal ligation, 39 inmates were sterilized “following deficiencies in the informed consent process.”

SACRAMENTO BEE EDITORIAL: California's leaders shrug off Toyota move

April 30, 2014

Occidental Petroleum. Raytheon. Legalzoom. Waste Connections. Daegis and Revionics. And, this week, Toyota Motor Sales.

The list of major companies that have left California recently, or are planning on leaving soon and taking their jobs with them, is getting uncomfortably long. Toyota announced Monday it was moving 3,000 white-collar jobs from its sprawling campus in Torrance to a new, consolidated headquarters in Plano, Texas.

LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPER GROUP: Grow jobs by increasing California's export trade: Guest commentary

July 01, 2014

By Billie Greer

Given ramped-up competition from within the United States and around the world, can California continue to be a leader when it comes to exporting goods, which supports nearly 1.4 million jobs in our state?

As the gateway to the Pacific Rim, will California be ready to take full advantage of the exporting opportunities that will occur as huge numbers of new middle-class consumers emerge from the growing economies of China, South Korea and India?

TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: Supreme Court clears the way for ban authored by Sen. Ted Lieu on gay conversion therapy

June 30, 2014

By Lisa Leff

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law, authored by a South Bay lawmaker, that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight.

NATIONALLAWREVIEW: Californians May Vote This November On Whether To Overturn Citizens United

June 25, 2014

By Keith Paul Bishop

Although state law does not explicitly authorize advisory elections, the California legislature is poised to pass a bill calling a special election for this November for an advisory vote.  SB 1272 (Lieu) would submit the following question to the voters:

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Legislature seeks voter sentiment on campaign cash

June 30, 2014

By Fenit Nirappil

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters could weigh in this fall on the growing influence of money in politics under a bill that advanced Monday.

The legislation calls for an advisory ballot measure asking if voters want an amendment to the U.S. Constitutional clamping down on corporate campaign giving.

The state Assembly approved SB1272 on a party-line 49-22 vote, with Republicans in opposition. The bill is expected to pass the Senate with amendments and head to Gov. Jerry Brown.

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