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November 20, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- California's egg law has emerged as a contentious issue in congressional negotiations over a farm bill. The Humane Society has funded a $100,000 ad campaign to defeat federal legislation that would prevent California from requiring that eggs imported into the state be produced under standards that give hens enough room to spread their wings. The Humane Society Legislative Fund is running online ads in the states of nearly a dozen House-Senate negotiators. The ads do not mention the California law but show an image of a shopper in a grocery store and warn that a "dangerous federal overreach" threatens state laws that protect animals and the food supply.
April 26, 2014 | By Jon Healey
Some California lawmakers worry that California is losing too many businesses to other states. State Sens. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) and Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) evidently worry that we're not losing enough. DeSaulnier and Hancock are the authors of SB 1372 , a measure that purportedly addresses one of the most talked-about (and, Democrats hope, politically fertile) problems with the U.S. economy: income inequality. Specifically, they take aim at the compensation packages that publicly traded corporations give their chief executive officers.
October 31, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Declining to have a child immunized may become more difficult for Californians in 2014. Last year Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2109, which requires parents and a licensed healthcare practitioner to sign a form before a child can be exempted from getting required vaccinations because of personal beliefs. On Wednesday, the state's Department of Public Health made the new Personal Belief Exemption form available. By completing the single-page document, a parent or guardian vouches that the the parent has received from a health practitioner information about the benefits and the risks of immunizations -- or that religious beliefs prohibit seeing an authorized practitioner.
April 16, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
This post has been updated. See note below. Follow me down the rabbit hole for a moment while we discuss the case of Kimberly Erin Caselman, a Pier 1 sales associate in San Jose who loves her job and informed her boss in November that she was two months pregnant with her second child. On the recommendation of her obstetrician, Caselman, 31, also informed Pier 1 that she was not to lift any objects heavier than 15 pounds, or climb ladders. Her pregnancy is not high-risk, but that seemed prudent, and not particularly limiting.
December 30, 1996 | DAN MORAIN / LOS ANGELES TIMES
The 1996 Legislature was split, with Republicans controlling the Assembly and Democrats holding the Senate. Still, California's legislators made dramatic changes in state law. In all, Gov. Pete Wilson signed 1,174 bills into law, an increase of 192 from the year before. Most of them take effect Wednesday.
July 4, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Paul Zuckerman was sifting through resumes when he paused, "astounded," over a particularly strong applicant for a law clerk opening: Ivy League undergraduate, top-notch law school, legal work for two judges in Washington. Zuckerman's Los Angeles County firm handled personal injury cases - auto accidents and slip-and-falls. He figured the applicant, whose credentials marked him for a prestigious "white shoe" firm, had applied to the wrong place. Then he read the cover letter. Stephen Randall Glass wrote that he was a disgraced former Washington journalist.
September 12, 2013 | David Lazarus
CVS Caremark insists that it's just complying with federal law by informing customers that their medical information could be "redisclosed" if they sign up for the company's prescription-drug reward program. Privacy experts, though, question whether CVS is complying with state law. "California's privacy law is stricter than federal law," said Charles Googooian, a La Canada Flintridge lawyer who specializes in medical-privacy issues. "It doesn't seem like CVS is complying with either the spirit or the letter of state law. " CVS has been scrambling to defend its ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards program since I recently reported that customers are being required to give up important federal privacy safeguards in return for up to $50 a year in store credits.
December 4, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
After watching a potentially $90-billion transportation sales tax fail by less than a percentage point, backers of Measure J this week called for a change in the state law that requires no less than a two-thirds majority vote for passage of tax increases. After Los Angeles County election officials finished the final Nov. 6 count in recent days, the measure won 66.11% of the ballots but fell short of passing the two-thirds majority by 0.56 of a percentage point. Nearly 3 million total votes were cast on the measure.
January 6, 2010 | By John Hoeffel
Prosecutors in Los Angeles insist that collectives cannot sell medical marijuana at their stores and can provide it only to members who actively cultivate it together. Dispensary operators, on the other hand, argue that it is absurd to expect them to run Soviet-style collective farms and to rule out cash payments for pot. When the Los Angeles City Council finishes its marijuana ordinance, which may finally happen this month, it is likely to inflame this increasingly contentious debate over how the drug can be distributed.
Bernard E. Witkin, an internationally recognized authority on California law, the world's bestselling author of nonfiction legal books, a philanthropist and an influential advisory member of the California Judicial Council for more than three decades, has died. He was 91. Witkin died Saturday at his Berkeley home of a heart attack. "California's legal system and the people of California have suffered a great and irreplaceable loss," said California Chief Justice Malcolm M.
April 12, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Marsha Temple will soon fly to Philadelphia, trying to crack a case she's been working on for decades. She'd like to know who her biological father was. Temple has a pretty good hunch he may have been a child evangelist in Philadelphia nearly a century ago, so she plans to dig through files there with the help of her husband, KCRW radio host Warren Olney, who serves as Watson to his wife's Sherlock. The two have traveled great distances in the U.S. and to Poland and Ukraine, pursuing an obsession that for Temple, 68, began many years ago in the San Fernando Valley.
March 23, 2014 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: Our association board allows the manager to control all the homeowners association notices that owners are supposed to get. The manager picks and chooses who will receive notice of meetings, elections and other important issues. Sometimes she puts these vital notices in a locked glass case, way at the other end of our huge complex, takes a picture of them as proof the notices were put up, then orders the security guards to remove those same notices from the case after the snapshot.
March 16, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Cities, counties and law enforcement officials across California are bristling at a 6-year-old law that they contend prevents regulation of massage parlors they suspect offer more than therapeutic bodywork. A profusion of massage parlors, often near schools and neighborhoods, creates blight, they complained at a legislative hearing. Local government officials told lawmakers last week that they're frustrated by a 2008 law that sought to regulate illicit massage parlors and support legitimate spas and other businesses.
March 8, 2014 | By Jon Healey
The individual mandate in the 2010 Affordable Care Act forced the courts to consider anew the limits of Congress' power to regulate the insurance market. Now, a California law governing the size of hens' cages is testing the limit of a state's power to regulate interstate food sales. At issue is a 2010 law that bans the sale of eggs from hens kept in cages that California voters deemed too small in 2008, when they passed Proposition 2. Sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, the ballot measure requires the state's egg-laying hens, calves raised for veal and pregnant pigs to be housed in a way that allows them to stand up, turn around and extend their limbs fully.
February 14, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
A $21,000 reward is being offered to help find who shot three California sea otters found dead last fall on a Monterey Peninsula beach, federal wildlife authorities announced Friday. One male sea otter was found dead along Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove on Sept. 3, 2013, and  the other two males were found dead two days later in the same area, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. Two of the furry marine mammals were shot in the head while one was shot through the back, necropsies showed.
February 11, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - With the state Legislature rocked by multiple scandals, the leader of the Senate has assembled a group of lawmakers to examine the state's decades-old ethics and campaign laws. The Senate Ethics Working Group was formed by Senate President Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). "I asked a few colleagues to get together informally and examine legislative and campaign finance rules in other states, with an intent to discuss and prepare a package of reforms that strengthen California's laws," Steinberg said Tuesday.
January 27, 2014 | By Richard Simon and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - California's egg law survived a congressional effort to scramble it as key lawmakers from both parties announced an agreement Monday on a multiyear farm bill. That means beginning next year, all eggs sold in California will have been laid by hens that had plenty of room to flap their wings. The compromise farm bill, which could come up for a House vote Wednesday, would avert deep cuts sought by Republicans in the federal food stamp program and end direct payments to farmers - a controversial provision under the previous farm bill in which farmers received federal subsidies regardless of their output.
More than 8,000 patterns of china sold worldwide now meet strict standards for exposure to lead because of a tough California law, according to one environmental group. The number of lead-safe patterns to choose from has increased dramatically.
February 5, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday gave its backing to a proposed federal law that would for the first time provide paid family leave for up to 12 weeks. Acting at the urging of Councilwoman Nury Martinez, and after a personal appeal by Amy Elaine Wakeland, wife of Mayor Eric Garcetti, the council voted unanimously to back the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, introduced by House Democrats. "Families are more important in the lives of children than any of our other social institutions," Wakeland said in her first testimony at the council since her husband took office in July.
February 5, 2014
Re "Deasy provides fodder for both sides in lawsuit," Feb. 3 United Teachers Los Angeles President Gregg Solkovits calls the lawsuit against teacher tenure in California "an attempt to deprofessionalize teachers. " While his union's argument about mismanagement may be valid, Solkovits needs to rethink this particular claim. Doctors, lawyers and engineers all must continue to update their skills and apply them in their work. Can you imagine a physician who prescribes an outdated prescription for treatment or medicine?
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