June 21, 2013 |
As the tension builds up to Monday's expected Supreme Court decision on Proposition 8, maybe the biggest anxiety producer of all is this possibility: What if we have to do it all over again? Many observers thought - though dependence on the line of questioning can be tricky - that the justices were neither inclined to rule that Proposition 8 was perfectly legal, nor that it violated such a large constitutional precept of equal protection that same-sex marriage must be allowed in all states.
June 19, 2013 |
The Times editorializes Wednesday against a portion of the state budget bill that would let cities, counties, school districts and other local government agencies decide for themselves whether to comply with the California Public Records Act. The Times' Anthony York details the ways in which the act has been useful to newspapers and, by extension, the public. See his story here . The state went through something quite similar last year with the Ralph M. Brown Act, which requires local governments to give public notice of their meetings, post agendas publicly and do their public business in actual, well, you know, public . The requirements to do all that notifying and posting and meeting was considered a state mandate on local governments, which means the state had to reimburse the locals for the costs.
June 18, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - An Arizona law that denies immigrants who are in the country without legal permission the right to post bail for a wide array of felonies won approval Tuesday from a divided federal appeals court. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided 2 to 1 to uphold Arizona's Proposition 100, a 2006 ballot measure that voters approved 78% to 22% as a state constitutional amendment to create bail exceptions for immigrants who lack authorization. Two immigrants who were denied bail under the law challenged it in a class-action lawsuit.
June 16, 2013 |
Here are the top cases that the Supreme Court is expected to decide in the next two weeks: California's Proposition 8: Does the California ballot measure limiting marriage to a man and a woman deny same-sex couples their right to the equal protection of the laws? (Hollingsworth vs. Perry) Married gay couples : Is part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional because it denies tax breaks and other benefits to legally married same-sex couples? (United States vs. Windsor)
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June 13, 2013 |
The conviction in Orange County of a Washington state man described by prosecutors as a pimp marks the first in the county under the anti-human-trafficking proposition -- which increases penalties for such crimes -- approved last year by California voters. Prosecutors said Mark Wesley Anderson and Jaeleesa Jaemika Smith, the woman who worked with him to recruit prostitutes, both pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to bringing a woman from another state to Orange County under false pretenses and forcing her into prostitution.
June 2, 2013 |
Approved by voters in November, Proposition 39 is expected to raise close to $1 billion a year by eliminating a tax break enjoyed by some multistate businesses. The money, however, comes with a significant string attached: For the first five years, half of it must be spent on projects that improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions. Gov. Jerry Brown wants to direct next year's allotment exclusively to public schools and community colleges, which isn't a bad idea. But he's doing it in a way that violates the spirit, if not the letter, of the initiative.
May 31, 2013 |
Talk about tapping into the zeitgeist. With most polls now showing a majority in favor of marriage equality, 12 states legally recognizing gay marriage and the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, the timing would seem ideal for "I Do," the romantic drama that opened May 31 in Los Angeles and more than a dozen other cities that involves gay rights, same-sex marriage and the definition of...
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May 22, 2013 |
After years of futile attempts by lawmakers to regulate the medical marijuana industry in Los Angeles, a ballot measure to sharply limit the number of pot dispensaries in the city was leading in early returns Tuesday. Proposition D would reduce the number of pot shops to about 130 from around 700 by allowing only those that opened before the adoption of a failed 2007 city moratorium on new dispensaries. A rival initiative, Measure F, which would have allowed an unlimited number of dispensaries to operate, was trailing.
May 8, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Responding to complaints from businesses, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an overhaul of California's 26-year-old landmark clean water and anti-toxins law that he said is being misused by "unscrupulous lawyers" filing lawsuits. At issue is the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, or Proposition 65, approved by voters in 1986. It requires product manufacturers, retailers and property owners to post signs warning the public if goods or premises contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer or birth defects.
April 15, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Brett Schoenhals thought he was following the law by putting one of California's all-too-familiar warnings in the bar of his Coffee Table restaurant in Eagle Rock. Soon after he posted the sign, “This facility contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm,” Schoenhals got a letter from a lawyer saying he was representing an irate patron who wanted to see more warnings. Invoking the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, or Proposition 65, the lawyer threatened a lawsuit.