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State Senate Mandates Vaccination For Schoolchildren

CALIFORNIA—On Thursday, May 14, the State Senate passed legislation that would mandate vaccination for all schoolchildren. Sentate Bill 277, introduced by Sen. Richard Pan, of Sacramento and Ben Allen, of Santa Monica passed with a 25-10 vote. The bill was introduced after fear rose from the measles outbreak in Disneyland that infected over 130 people in California. SB 277 overrides the...

Smokeless Tobacco Banned In SF Ballparks

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SAN FRANCISCO—Beginning January 1, 2016, smokeless tobacco and chewing tobacco will be banned at sporting venues across the city. The new ordinance, signed Friday by Mayor Edward Lee, makes San Francisco the first city in the United States to ban a product that has been synonymous with baseball. Supporters of the ordinance have argued that the ban will push impressionable youngsters...

Riot Proceeds Death Of Vacaville Inmate

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CALIFORNIA—Just hours after a violent prison riot in California State Prison Solano, an inmate was found dead inside his housing unit in what has been termed a homicide. The riot began at approximately 7:00 a.m. on Monday, May 4, when a group of 58 inmates began brawling in the Level III medium-security yards. The riot was broken-up by corrections officers using pepper...

Seismic Activity Alarms Bay Area Residents

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SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Bay Area was subject to some unusual seismic activity over a weekend in which five earthquakes were recorded in San Francisco alone. At 2:05 p.m. on May 3, a 2.5 magnitude quake rumbled the ground near Concord, a city suburb located approximately 30 miles northeast of Downtown San Francisco. The weekend’s largest earthquake came just 10 minutes later,...

Governor Proposes $10,000 Water Wasting Fine

LOS ANGELES—Governor Jerry Brown released a statement on Tuesday, April 27 proposing a new maximum penalty of $10,000 to individuals wasting water. Brown also advocated for more efficient processing of water conservation proposals -- a response to floating criticisms that there’s too much rigidity surrounding the current process. The proposed $10,000 fine is a significant increase from the current $500...

California Home Prices Hit 7-Year High

CALIFORNIA—After a slow start this year, the price of California homes and condos have reached a new high. With steady job growth and the incline of the economy over the past year, more potential buyers are feeling optimistic about the housing market. In Southern California, where homes are pricey, the bids are coming in well over the asking price. Sales in Los...

Sheriff’s Deputies Will Wear Body Cameras

SAN FRANCISCO—On Tuesday, April 21, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department announced that deputies working as jail guards at the San Francisco County Jail 4 will start wearing body cameras this year. The department requested funds from the city budget for the cameras, but the request was denied. The department is expect to find its own funds to equip deputies with...

State Assemblyman Proposes Drug Breathalyzer Bill

CALIFORNIA—State Assemblyman Tom Lackey is proposing a new bill that would allow law enforcement to use new devices to test questionable drivers for various drugs. Assembly Bill 1356, would provide officers with a new drug breathalyzer device to test on motorists suspected to be under the influence. The device, Alere DDS2, tests for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, opiates and benzodiazepines....

Mandatory Helmet Bill Revised After Groups Push-Back

CALIFORNIA—In the city of Los Angeles there are 200 miles of various streets and paths that combine bike routes and driving lanes. With an estimated 1700 miles slated for the Los Angeles streets by 2035, lawmakers in the state are stepping up efforts to increase safety as the entire state of California works to meet the demand for cyclists. Bill SB-192,...

Coachella Wrap-Up 2015

INDIO—Held in the desert city of Indio, California, Coachella is arguably California's most popular and best attended music festival spanning over two consecutive weekends. Highlights from the first weekend included an expected all-star performance with encores by old-school rockers AC/DC, spot-on deliveries from acts such as Tame Impala and Azaelia Banks, a soulful dance party given by Charles Bradley, and...
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