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July 12, 2013

After a long and shameful history, California finally banned the forced sterilization of prison inmates and mental patients in the 1970s; two decades later, the state put safeguards in place to make sure the practice didn't resume. But a new report by the Center for Investigative Reporting suggests that despite those laws, at least 148 female inmates underwent tubal ligations between 2006 and 2010 without the required approval by state medical officials.

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO: Prison Sterilization Report Prompts Call For Inquiry In California

July 11, 2013

California lawmakers are calling for an investigation into allegations that 148 female prisoners underwent tubal ligation surgeries without the state's required approval. Some inmates said they had been pressured into undergoing the sterilization procedure, according to a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting.

In a letter to the head of California's medical board, state Sen. Ted Lieu and two other legislators asked the board to look into "the practices and conduct of the physicians involved in tubal ligations at California state prisons."

CAPITOL WEEKLY: Stronger safeguards sought for reporters, sources

July 11, 2013

Reliable sources are among a journalist’s most valuable assets. In California, an effort is under way to strengthen their protections, a move prompted by the federal government’s recent efforts to abruptly seize reporters’ telephone records.

“A free democracy depends on the freedom of the press,” said Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Long Beach. Lieu, a former prosecutor, has authored a bill seeking to strengthen California’s so-called “shield law,’ which prevents reporters from being forced to reveal confidential sources.

SANTA MONICA DAILY PRESS: Brief: Gun violence forum set

July 11, 2013

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Santa Monica) will hold a community forum on gun violence and mental health on Monday, July 15, in response to the Santa Monica shootings last month.

Waxman will hold the forum at 10 a.m. in City Hall, located at 1685 Main St.

The event comes more than a month after Santa Monica resident John Zawahri shot and killed five people, including his father and brother. Zawahri, 23, was shot and killed by police after firing dozens of rounds inside the Santa Monica College library.

SANTA MONICA PATCH: Waxman to Host Forum on Gun Violence Following Santa Monica Shootings

July 10, 2013

Rep. Henry Waxman will hold a forum next week on gun violence, mental health and community recovery in the aftermath of the Santa Monica shootings.

The forum is set for 10 a.m. Monday, July 15 in the Santa Monica City Council Chambers.

Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor, California State Senator Ted Lieu, and L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky are slated to also take part.

In the days following the shooting, Waxman called on Congress to take the type of guns used at Santa Monica College off the streets of the United States.

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."