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CNN/CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: Medi-Cal agency to overhaul drug rehab program after critical audit

January 16, 2014

California’s Medi-Cal agency is launching an overhaul of its drug rehabilitation program in light of a damning internal audit that spotlights ham-handed oversight and confirms many findings of a yearlong investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN.


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

ABC TV SAN FRANCISCO: Number of bears killed down after new hound law

January 14, 2014

By Dan Noyes

A California ban on the use of hounds in bear hunting had a dramatic impact this past year -- the number of bears killed fell sharply. This follows a heated battle in the state legislature between hunters and animal rights activists.


TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: Sen. Ted Lieu’s Senate bill would promote Los Angeles-Long Beach ports

January 14, 2014


A South Bay lawmaker’s bill to promote California’s ports passed its initial review Monday.

Senate Bill 511 by Sen. Ted Lieu passed the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee that Lieu chairs and now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Political Blotter: Bills seek to curb surveillance programs

January 13, 2014

By Josh Richman

JAN. 6

California state agencies and officials, as well as corporations providing services to the state, would be prohibited from supporting or assisting the federal government's collection of certain data on Californians, under a bipartisan bill introduced Monday by two state lawmakers.

SC MAGAZINE: Calif. senators intro bill to stop state from aiding NSA spying

January 09, 2014

By Danielle Walker

Two California senators have introduced legislation that would ban state agencies, officials – and even corporations providing services to the state – from assisting the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance of citizens.

KPCC/SCPR: Calif. budget: $1.49M proposed to map earthquake faults

January 09, 2014

Contained in Gov. Jerry Brown's new state budget proposal Thursday is $1.49 million for the California Department of Conservation — which is responsible for mapping earthquake faults — marking a potential turnaround for the department that has struggled to create the much-needed seismic maps in the face of budget cuts.  

UCLA DAILY BRUIN: Bill aims to prohibit Calif. colleges from helping with NSA data collection

January 09, 2014

Public universities in California would be barred from conducting research that helps the federal government collect electronic information without a warrant, if a bill introduced this week by state senators is passed.