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THE BAY AREA REPORTER: Court upholds ban on gay conversion therapy

January 29, 2014

California’s ban on gay conversion therapy for minors will remain in place after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday (January 29) denied a rehearing by the full court. A three-judge panel of the court had previously upheld the law, Senate Bill 1172.

THE WASHINGTON TIMES: Court upholds California ban on ‘sexual-orientation change’ therapy

January 29, 2014

By Cheryl Wetzstein

A federal appellate court Wednesday let stand a first-in-the-nation California law that prohibits licensed therapists from offering “change” therapy for children who are struggling with same-sex attractions.

A lawyer for the therapists and others suing to overturn the law, SB 1172, said they would seek review from the Supreme Court.


January 16, 2014

By Cristian Vasquez

Due to the repeated admission by federal administrators that there has been a widespread effort to spy on American citizens who are innocent of any wrongdoing, Senators Ted Lieu and Joel Anderson introduced a bill seeking to ban state agencies, officials and corporations that currently provide a service to the state from assisting the federal government in its effort to spy and collect certain data on Californians

CAPITOL WEEKLY: State Lawmekers Eye NSA's Conduct

January 06, 2014

By John Howard

The intensifying debate over privacy and the National Security Agency has reached the floor of the California Legislature.

BEVERLY PRESS: Bipartisan NSA bill introduced

January 09, 2014

In response to repeated federal admissions of widespread spying on innocent American citizens, Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) on Jan. 6 introduced a sweeping bill that would ban state agencies, officials and corporations that provide services to the state from supporting or assisting the federal government to spy or collect certain data on Californians.

SANTA MONICA DAILY PRESS: Brief: Improving the coast

January 28, 2014

By Daily Press Staff

Santa Monica-based environmental watchdog Heal the Bay is receiving $169,000 to compile information on the benefits, costs and feasibility of three “Living Streets” programs in Los Angeles that address causes and expected effects of climate change.

TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE - LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lieu, Anderson have right idea on NSA data searches

January 22, 2014

Re “NSA bulk data collection unconstitutional” (Opinion, Jan. 17):

I completely agree with state Senators Ted Lieu and Joel Anderson regarding their clear and decisive statement that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection program is unconstitutional. The president took an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States. The Fourth Amendment mandates U.S. citizens’ right to privacy, and that a person’s right not be violated by unreasonable searches and seizures unless there is probable cause by way of a warrant issued by a judge.

KCET-TV LOS ANGELES: Officials Push for L.A. to Get 20 Percent of Power from Rooftop Solar

January 17, 2014

The push to make Los Angeles more energy independent is gaining steam, as a group of local, state, and federal elected officials called Friday for California's largest city to meet a fifth of its peak power needs with local solar within six years.

THE DAILY (BERKELEY) CALIFORNIAN: State Senate bill aims to limit NSA electronic data collection in California

January 20, 2014


A new bill proposed in the California Senate may prohibit state entities, including the California State University system, from assisting federal agencies in the collection of personal data from Californians.

MOTHER JONES: Legislators in 6 States Want to Pull the Plug on NSA Spying—Some Literally

January 21, 2014

Bills range from non-cooperation to cutting off water and power to the agency's facilities.
—By Josh Harkinson

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