A federal judge considering San Francisco’s public nudity ban rejected arguments Thursday that simply disrobing in public was protected political speech akin to flag burning.
U.S. District Judge Edward Chen made his comments during a 90-minute hearing held to consider the new law requiring the covering of the “genitals, perineum, and anal region” that is set to go into effect Feb. 1. Read More
U.S. District Judge James Ware recently retired after 22 years of service. This means that the Northern District of California now has four vacancies in 14 judgeships. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has designated all four as emergencies because of the district’s heavy caseloads. Read More
Baykeeper’s campaign to compel sewer agencies to upgrade their crumbling underground pipes has been remarkably successful. The nonprofit group has pressured Bay Area agencies in Burlingame, Hillsborough, Millbrae, San Carlos, South San Francisco and elsewhere to invest in maintenance at an unprecedented rate.
But its latest target is questioning the group’s tactics, resulting in a bizarre public spat between the agencies. Read More