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SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL: Lawmakers seek to reform for-profit colleges

April 30, 2014

By Allen Young

Lawmakers are considering legislation that would seek to improve the regulatory structure around private nonprofit and for-profit colleges.

For decades, for-profit colleges have struggled under allegations of poor quality and weak regulation. The ongoing argument is that the sector takes a disproportionate amount of federal financial aid dollars and produces more than its share of students who default on those loans.

In 2009, lawmakers approved the most recent iteration of a regulatory platform for private colleges operating in California.

ABC-TV 10 SAN DIEGO:Team 10 examines number of criminals monitored by GPS

April 15, 2014

By: Melissa Mecija 

SAN DIEGO - With Orange County detectives looking at two sex offenders in connection with four murders, Team 10 looked into the number of criminals in San Diego County currently monitored by GPS tracking devices.

There are currently several men listed on the California Department of Corrections website that have failed to register with the GPS monitoring program. Their offenses range from indecent exposure to child molestation.

LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPER GROUP: Child Sex trafficking - Ads to alert public to crime’s growing threat

April 12, 2014

By Christina Villacorte

“Buying a teen for sex is child abuse. Turning a blind eye is neglect.”

That’s one of the messages being posted on billboards throughout Los Angeles County starting this weekend, as part of a new public-awareness campaign to combat the worsening problem of child sex trafficking in the region.

TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: SoCal ROC inroads made

April 13, 2014

By Rob Kuznia

Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi has scored an incremental legislative victory in his attempt to save the Southern California Regional Occupation Center — a hub of vocational education in Torrance.

At his urging, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance voted last week to establish career technical education as a priority in California’s high schools, and, more to the point, to ensure that the funding stream will continue for regional occupational centers and programs beyond the 2014-15 year.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: County officials, state lawmakers launch anti-sex trafficking push

April 11, 2014

By Abby Sewell

Elected officials in Los Angeles County and the California Legislature are launching a new push to crack down on pimps who sell underage girls and boys for sex and the customers who purchase their services.

County officials announced Friday that signs would go up around the region over the next few months -- on public buses and trains and at rail stations and bus stops, as well as on 20 billboards donated by Clear Channel Outdoor -- bearing messages like, "Teens sold for sex aren't prostitutes. They're rape victims."

INSURANCE JOURNAL: California Legislator Calls for Investigation into Worker Safety At LAX

April 07, 2014

California state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, has called for a state investigation into possibly unsafe working conditions at Los Angeles International Airport.

SANTA MONICA DAILY PRESS: Council votes to chip away SMO

March 27, 2014

CITY HALL City officials got the green light to start planning a potential downsize of Santa Monica Airport.

City Council voted unanimously, 6 to 0, Tuesday to study a series of options for the future of the controversial airport.

Mayor Pro Tem Terry O'Day left the meeting before the final vote.He had a family emergency.

Some of the most severe options include closing a 20-acre parcel on the west end of the airport and restricting or prohibiting the sale of aviation fuel.

LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPER GROUP: Bill would target demand side of child sex trafficking: Guest commentary

April 03, 2014

By Don Knabe and Daphne Phung

Across the United States, in small towns and big cities, men are forcing young girls and boys to have sex for money.

A recent study issued by the Urban Institute on the illegal sex trade in eight U.S. cities, confirmed what many law enforcement and anti-sex-trafficking activists have known for some time: sex traffickers are making obscene amounts of money with little legal or criminal ramifications.

MARINA DEL REY ARGONAUT: Bill would expand DNA testing for convicts claiming innocence

April 03, 2014

Proposal a step in the right direction, says attorney who helped free a Venice man wrongfully convicted of murder

By Gary Walker
Lawyers representing California prison inmates who are contesting their convictions would gain greater access to scientific tools in the fight to clear their names under newly proposed legislation by state Sen. Ted Lieu (D- Torrance).

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