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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).

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: New Bill Pushes for Expanded DNA Testing in California

April 03, 2014

Legislation would improve access to DNA testing for convicted prisoners seeking exoneration.
California lawmakers are considering legislation that gives wrongfully convicted prisoners a better shot at proving their innocence and being exonerated.

SANTA MONICA MIRROR: Path Set For Potential Closure Of Santa Monica Airport

March 28, 2014

The exact future of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) is still in the balance. Yet, after nearly four hours of public testimony Tuesday evening, one thing appears relatively certain: SMO, if ever shut down, would not become Century City West.

Just the same, the Santa Monica City Council gave direction just before midnight on Tuesday to essentially find a way to either limit SMO’s current operations or shut down the airport completely.

CAPITOL PUBLIC RADIO: (Lieu) bill Would Ease Restrictions on Inmate DNA Evidence Tests

March 20, 2014

A DNA evidence test can be a powerful tool for a person wrongfully convicted of a crime. Now a California lawmaker wants to make it easier for inmates to request one. To read and listen to the complete story, click on the link below.

Inmates in California prisons can already request DNA tests of evidence from their cases. But Democratic State Senator Ted Lieu says the process is cumbersome and presents numerous hurdles for prisoners. He's introduced a bill to streamline the process.

USC's NEON TOMMY: The Hot Seat: 28th District State Senator Ted Lieu

March 19, 2014

State Sen. Ted Lieu, 28th District, was interviewed by Max Schwartz of The Hot Seat on March 14 and discussed issues of state and district importance, including the current session, the drought, his district and California's "creative economy." The two also talked about the senator's committees. Listen to the 30-minute interview HERE:

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