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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Appeals court hears challenge to gay therapy ban

April 19, 2013

Appeals court hears challenges to Calif. law that bans therapy to make gay minors straight
By Lisa Leff and Paul Elias

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's novel law seeking to ban licensed counselors from trying to turn gay teens straight is boiling down to a question over whether the therapy is free speech or a medical treatment that can be regulated by government.

RIVERSIDE PRESS-ENTERPRISE: Sen. Ted W. Lieu 'gives peas a chance'

April 19, 2013

Thousands of folks will veg out next week, including California State Senator Ted Lieu, California Assembly member Das William Williams and former California Assembly member Pedro Nava. They’re pledging to go vegetarian beginning on Earth Day, Monday, April 22 through Sunday to support US VegWeek.

Compassion Over Killing, a group committed to ending cruelty to animals, is behind this nationwide campaign. Its mission is to encourage consumers to create a kinder, greener and healthier world by choosing vegetables over meat.

PATCH.Com: State Senate Passes Helicopter Noise Resolution

April 19, 2013

SJR 7, introduced by Ted Lieu, urges President Barack Obama and Congress to consider legislation aimed at curbing helicopter noise.

The California Senate voted 26-9 Thursday in favor of a resolution urging President Barack Obama and Congress to adopt the Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act, according to a news release from state Sen. Ted Lieu's office.

SACRAMENTO BEE: Sen. Ted W. Lieu's push for 'financial literacy' cited

April 18, 2013

Mira Loma High's teams dominate state financial contest
By Claudia Buck
When it comes to teaching economics, Mira Loma High School teacher Chad Posner seemingly has a golden touch.

On Tuesday, Posner learned that his 34 economics students, a class of juniors and seniors, had scooped up the state's top honors in a national financial literacy competition.

CBS: Appeals court hears challenge to ban on gay conversion therapy

April 17, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO A federal appeals court is wrangling over the legality of California's first-in-the-nation bid to ban "sexual-orientation change" counseling of children.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday closely questioned lawyers on both sides of the issue. The judges asked whether licensed mental health professionals who offer such therapy are protected by free-speech rights, and whether they're offering medical treatment that can be regulated by the government.

Two lower courts have split on the issue.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: California bills seek updates to voting, election systems

April 15, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- In use for the first time last year, California's online voter registration system proved so popular that lawmakers want to build on its success this year.

Wider promotion of the system and a push toward online voting are among several election-related bills under consideration as the Legislature approaches a midyear bill deadline. Other changes under consideration would shine more light on campaign financing and update how elections are run.

LAist.com

April 12, 2013

Vegetarianism has really taken off in California -- and in L.A. specifically -- as of late. LAUSD adopted a meatless Monday program, as has the city as a whole. So it seems only natural that some of our state's major politicians would support the US VegWeek, which begins on Earth day.

CBS THIS MORNING: Swatting back

April 12, 2013

Los Angeles police officials announced they will no longer publicize cases of "swatting" - the term for a fake 911 call reporting trouble at someone's home. Ben Tracy reports.