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.
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.
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.
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."
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:
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.