NorCal Judge Rejects Cutting Inmate CrowdingA Marin County judge tentatively ruled Friday that California prison officials acted with deliberate indifference when they caused a deadly coronavirus outbreak at San Quentin State Prison. But he said vaccines have since so changed the landscape that officials are no longer violating inmates’ constitutional rights.
Kern County Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate For Prison EmployeesA judge on Wednesday blocked an order due to take effect this week that required California prison employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Leader Of California Union SEIU Alma Hernandez Charged With Tax Fraud, EmbezzlementAllegations of a broken public trust have led to labor leader Alma Hernandez losing her job and facing the possibility of jail time. She and her husband are set to appear in court for the first time on Friday.
San Joaquin County Supervisors Ban 'Vaccine Passports'hile some counties are requiring people to provide proof of vaccination, one local county is doing the opposite.
New McCarty Bill Targets Crime Gun Dealers In CaliforniaA new bill was signed by Governor Newsom which requires the Department of Justice to analyze their crime gun data in order to determine trends and patterns related to how crime guns are sold and trafficked.
Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment Will Soon Be Banned In CaliforniaGov. Gavin Newsom signed a new law on Saturday that orders state regulators to ban the sale of new gas-powered equipment using small off-road engines, a broad category that includes generators, lawn equipment and pressure washers.
California Adds 'Ghost Guns' To Violence Prevention OrdersCalifornia is adding a secretive but growing class of weapons to those that can legally be seized under gun violence restraining orders, under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Friday.
Newsom Eases Gang Enhanced Sentence Rules In CaliforniaCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday approved limiting prison terms for those associated with street gangs, among several criminal justice bills restricting enhancements that can add years to offenders' sentences.
Ethnic Studies Made A High School Requirement In CaliforniaAlong with English, science, math and other graduation requirements, California high school students will have to take a course in ethnic studies to get a diploma starting in 2029-30.
Gov. Newsom Rejects Decriminalizing JaywalkingCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday rejected an effort to decriminalize jaywalking, despite supporters framing the issue as a social justice reform.
Newsom Vetoes California Bill That Would Pay People To Stay SoberGov. Gavin Newsom has rejected a bill that would have made California the first state to pay people to stay sober.
Gov. Newsom Signs Law Extending Cocktails-To-Go And Parklets In CaliforniaCalifornia moved Friday to extend the sale of cocktails-to-go and keep alcohol service for outdoor dining at parklets as officials try to help restaurants recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
New California Law Requires Free Menstrual Products In Public SchoolsFree menstrual products will be required in restrooms in public schools and colleges throughout California under a bill signed Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
California Extends Tax On Phones To Fund High-Speed InternetCalifornians could have higher cellphone bills after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two laws on Friday aimed at giving the state more money to build high-speed internet connections in unserved areas.
California Makes It Illegal To Remove Condom Without ConsentCalifornia became the first state to prohibit “stealthing,” or removing a condom without consent during sex.