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MALIBU BEACH RECOVERY CENTER: State Senator Lieu Tells Anthem: No More Provider Checks to Addicts, Alcoholics

July 30, 2013

Malibu Beach Recovery Center and the Brentwood House have a new hero.  Meet California State Senator Ted Lieu, who represents a district that includes Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Redondo Beach and more.

CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: California rehab clinics bill taxpayers for fake clients, addictions

July 29, 2013

Victoria Byers did not drink alcohol. She did not abuse drugs. But when she was a teenager in foster care, several times a month, she would board a van at her group home and go to rehab.

Byers couldn’t figure out why she had to take drug tests and sit in group therapy sessions on addiction at So Cal Health Services, a clinic tucked in an office park in Riverside, Calif.

“And I told them, you know, ‘Why should I be here? I have no drug issue,’ ” said Byers, now a slow-to-smile 22-year-old.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Overwhelmed law-enforcement miss ankle bracelet alarms

July 29, 2013

AP - Three decades after they were introduced as a crime-fighting tool, electronic ankle bracelets used to track an offender's whereabouts have proliferated so much that officials are struggling to handle an avalanche of monitoring alerts that are often nothing more sinister than a dead battery, lost satellite contact or someone arriving home late from work.
Amid all that white noise, alarms are going unchecked, sometimes on defendants now accused of new crimes.

SACRAMENTO BEE: California bill would regulate trampoline parks

July 27, 2013

When state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, took his 7-year-old son to a friend's birthday party at a trampoline park in Gardena several months ago, he felt that something was not quite right.

"There was no training of any kind or anything about what might be dangerous and they proceeded to jump," Lieu said. "And it sort of occurred to me that I didn't know how safe this was."

Lieu hopes Senate Bill 256 will change that. If passed, his bill would regulate the construction, maintenance and operation of trampoline parks with the goal of increasing safety.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Immigrant parents' experiences helped shape lawmakers' views

July 27, 2013

SACRAMENTO — Seventeen members of the California Legislature have parents who came to the U.S. from other countries. Many say their family histories inform their actions as lawmakers.

The parents of Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) were brought to New York as children by families escaping pogroms against Jews in Russia. One of her grandfathers had survived under a pile of dead bodies during a massacre near Minsk.

SANTA MONICA MIRROR: State Senator Ted Lieu Visits Santa Monica City Council Meeting

July 26, 2013

State Senator Ted Lieu knows all about dealing with a local airport and traffic congestion in a coastal area bordering the City of Los Angeles. Once a Council member in Torrance, Lieu will certainly be a part of an already expansive debate about the future of a local airport and worsening traffic congestion in Santa Monica.

Thanks to redistricting last year, Lieu represents Santa Monica in Sacramento as part of his 28th state senate district.

OC REGISTER: Trampoline Parks Facing State Regulation

July 25, 2013

LAGUNA HILLS – A bill aiming to place trampoline parks under state regulation and beef up customer safety monitoring is moving through the state legislature.

Senate Bill 256, now in committee in the Assembly, would create a statewide safety inspection program for trampoline parks – large indoor structures with adjoining trampolines children can bounce between. Many feature attractions like foam pits or climbing walls.

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ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER EDITORIAL: More signs of trouble in California prisons

July 23, 2013

Dubious sterilizations latest but not greatest problem in state lockups.

California's prison system remains deeply troubled. Gov. Jerry Brown is facing down federal judges demanding widespread releases of inmates to reduce chronic crowding, and inmates have been on a statewide hunger strike protesting what many believe is the excessive use of solitary confinement. Now, a new scandal suggests deep ethical and oversight problems within the state's massive prison system.

OAKLANDLOCAL.COM: Helicopters over Oakland

July 23, 2013

Here’s what I love about living and working in Oakland’s Adams Point neighborhood: Whole Foods, Lake Merritt, Sidebar Restaurant, great public transportation and, of course, Lakeside Park and Fairyland.

CALIFORNIA FORWARD: CA final budget invests in career pathways

July 22, 2013

California took a significant step forward toward building robust career pathways throughout the state. The fiscal year 2013-2014 budget provides: