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CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: Lawmakers call for investigation into sterilization of female inmates

July 10, 2013

State lawmakers called today for an investigation of the physicians involved in the sterilization of women inmates and raised questions about a federal prison overseer’s role in handling the matter.

SACRAMENTO BEE: Editorial: Prison sterilizations need a full review

July 09, 2013

Because of the horrible history of eugenics in California, any hint of forced sterilizations must be taken seriously. Allegations that doctors working for state prisons coerced female inmates into having tubal ligations need a complete and independent accounting.

The Center for Investigative Reporting, in a story published Sunday in The Bee, found that nearly 150 women were sterilized from 2006 and 2010 at the California Institution for Women in Corona or Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla.

EDUCATION PROVIDE: Urgent: Save Adult School Older Adult and Parent Education Programs; Write Your Assemblymember

July 06, 2013

State funding for adult school Parent Education and Older Adult programs is still at risk. While the legislature recently agreed on a budget plan which does not preclude state funding for Older Adult and Parent Education programs, SB 173, which explicitly defunds these programs, has a hearing in the assembly this coming Wednesday, June 26.

COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE: Reporter Shield Laws Get a Boost in California

July 05, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - A bill aimed at giving reporters and news agencies five days' notice before officials can seize their records gathered steam with a bipartisan committee vote.

Backed by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, Senate Bill 558 would extend California's reporter shield laws to any person or agency that issues a subpoena to a third party, like a cellphone company, data-storage provider or rental-car company.

DIGITAL JOURNAL: CA State Senator hosts Scam Stopper talks to help elderly

July 03, 2013

Redondo Beach - The California Department of Business Oversight, formerly known as the Dept. of Corporations, the Contractors State License Board and other agencies collaborated this past June 14 to raise awareness of fraud and financial abuse of senior citizens with "Elder Abuse Awareness Day."

SACRAMENTO BEE: Senator hones conflict strategy

July 03, 2013
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"I agree with Sun Tzu's view that 'to subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.' That view comes in handy in Sacramento."

SEN. TED LIEU, Torrance Democrat and lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve, announcing he graduated from the U.S. Air Force's Air War College 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Sen. Ted Lieu brings War College skills to state politics

July 02, 2013

One California state lawmaker is now in a position to see the similarities of the two pursuits.

SANTA MONICA DAILY MIRROR: California Politicians Release Statements Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Decision

June 27, 2013

A handful of California politicians have released statements today after the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, and issued a procedural ruling in the Proposition 8 case that allows a lower court decision striking down Proposition 8 to take effect, allowing same-sex marriages to resume in the state of California.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) issued the following statement:

CHINA.ORG.CN: California seeks to protect journalists from gov't secret monitoring

June 26, 2013

California legislators are seeking ways to protect journalists from government secret monitoring after U.S. federal government secretly collected phone records of the Associated Press.

The new legislation passed its first policy review on a bipartisan vote Tuesday.

Introduced by California State Senator Ted Lieu, the bill requires that California reporters and their news organizations have five days' notice of any subpoenas of their records, such as phone calls, or other invasions of their newsgathering communications.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Film featuring Exodus International, 'gay conversion' to screen

June 25, 2013


Prominent filmmaker Lisa Ling will screen her new documentary, "God and Gays," in Culver City on Thursday evening.