California

It would be good for The City’s businesses if a person taking a break in a parklet could legally have a drink. <ins>(S.F. Examiner file photo)</ins>

I love drinking outdoors

Now’s the time to update California’s laws about alcohol consumption

 

Distance learning has been difficult for some students during the 2020-21 school year. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

What are parents’ rights regarding children’s education during COVID?

State laws offer little detailed guidance for unprecedented times

 

Aseembly Bill 20 seeks to limit the influence of corporations on politics by prohibiting them from contributing to candidates running for public office at both the state and local level in California. (Shutterstock)

Will our lawmakers have the courage to sponsor campaign finance reform?

By Jackie Fielder Corporations are not charitable organizations. They have a fiduciary…

 

Dean Preston, pictured at a campaign rally in 2020, introduced a resolution to the Board of Supervisors backing Assembly Bill 20. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)

Supes back bill banning corporate campaign contributions

AB 20 would prohibit businesses from donating directly to political candidates

Dean Preston, pictured at a campaign rally in 2020, introduced a resolution to the Board of Supervisors backing Assembly Bill 20. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)
Pedestrian safety will increase by improving streets and dropping the speed limit as well as revising jaywalking laws.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Just what exactly will the Freedom to Walk Act do?

Decriminalizing jaywalking is fine, but pedestrian safety remains an issue

Pedestrian safety will increase by improving streets and dropping the speed limit as well as revising jaywalking laws.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
As more and more people continue to get vaccinated, California’s COVID restrictions are loosening, allowing more people to gather. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Indoor events can return in California later this month as COVID-19 conditions improve

By Luke Money Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — California will allow…

As more and more people continue to get vaccinated, California’s COVID restrictions are loosening, allowing more people to gather. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein became California’s longest-serving U.S. senator Sunday. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images/TNS)

Dianne Feinstein becomes California’s longest-serving US senator

Jennifer Haberkorn Los Angeles Times Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Sunday became the…

Sen. Dianne Feinstein became California’s longest-serving U.S. senator Sunday. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images/TNS)
Jaywalking is a common sight in San Francisco, but it can carry large fines and consequences, especially for low income residents and people of color. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco lawmaker says jaywalking shouldn’t be a crime

Assemblymember Phil Ting introduces legislation to decriminalize certain street crossings

Jaywalking is a common sight in San Francisco, but it can carry large fines and consequences, especially for low income residents and people of color. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Kenneth Humphrey smiles while speaking with members of the media alongside his attorney Anita Nabha following his release on bail in 2018. Humphreys’ case has proved pivotal to criminal justice reform in California, as it helped bring about a reassessment of how the state handles bail. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

CA Supreme Court rules judges must consider defendant’s ability to pay bail

The California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in favor of upholding a…

Kenneth Humphrey smiles while speaking with members of the media alongside his attorney Anita Nabha following his release on bail in 2018. Humphreys’ case has proved pivotal to criminal justice reform in California, as it helped bring about a reassessment of how the state handles bail. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
California Assemblyman Rob Bonta, left, pictured in 2015, has been chosen by California Gov. Gavin Newsom as the state’s new attorney general; State Sen. Ed Hernandez is at right. (Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Rob Bonta, San Francisco Bay Area Democratic lawmaker, appointed California attorney general

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday appointed Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta as California…

California Assemblyman Rob Bonta, left, pictured in 2015, has been chosen by California Gov. Gavin Newsom as the state’s new attorney general; State Sen. Ed Hernandez is at right. (Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Hundreds of students take to the streets as part of a youth organized climate strike on Friday, March 15, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SB 260 is the right law at the right time

By Kalpana Narlikar The Climate Corporate Accountability Act (SB 260) was introduced…

Hundreds of students take to the streets as part of a youth organized climate strike on Friday, March 15, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
When development plans for a mall in Elk Grove didn’t pan out after more than a decade, another project to build a casino is in the works. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

The tale of the ghost mall in Elk Grove

Doomed development makes way for a casino

When development plans for a mall in Elk Grove didn’t pan out after more than a decade, another project to build a casino is in the works. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
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Enrollment declines at California’s community colleges far greater than earlier predictions

Steep drops threaten ‘viability’ of some colleges, college administrators say

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California adopts CDC’s recommendation to reduce social distancing in school to 3 feet

By John Fensterwald EdSource In alignment with new federal guidance, Gov. Gavin…

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A bottle of 2015 Center of Effort Chardonnay is pictured with samples from aging vessels.<ins>(Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
A bottle of 2015 Center of Effort Chardonnay is pictured with samples from aging vessels.<ins>(Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Senate Bill 271 would remove a requirement that California’s elected sheriffs have a law enforcement background certified by State Peace Officer Standards and Training. (Shutterstock)

SB 271 would bring meaningful reform to sheriffs’ offices

By Ross Mirkarimi Let the people run for sheriff! It was once…

Senate Bill 271 would remove a requirement that California’s elected sheriffs have a law enforcement background certified by State Peace Officer Standards and Training. (Shutterstock)
Proposed state legislation is calling to end a partnership between University of California, San Francisco health services and Catholic hospitals. (Shutterstock)

UC, Catholic health care partnership is saving lives

Passage of Senate Bill 379 would be detrimental to patients

Proposed state legislation is calling to end a partnership between University of California, San Francisco health services and Catholic hospitals. (Shutterstock)
Assemblymember Phil Ting has introduced legislation requiring the California Department of Justice to release data to researchers. <ins>(Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Researchers struggle to get access to gun violence data from state DOJ

Assemblymember Phil Ting says information vital to guiding policy debates

Assemblymember Phil Ting has introduced legislation requiring the California Department of Justice to release data to researchers. <ins>(Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference following a discussion with Asian-American and Pacific Islander community leaders at the Chinese Culture Center in Chinatown on Friday, March 19, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Vaccine tiers for Californians will be gone by early May, Gavin Newsom says

Sophia Bollag The Sacramento Bee California will open vaccine eligibility to all…

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference following a discussion with Asian-American and Pacific Islander community leaders at the Chinese Culture Center in Chinatown on Friday, March 19, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A school official at Vista High School introduces himself to a freshman classroom on Oct. 21, 2020, in Vista, California. (Jarrod Valliere/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Ethnic studies gets final approval for California schools ending years of debate

Nina Agrawal Los Angeles Times Ending years-long and often divisive debate over…

A school official at Vista High School introduces himself to a freshman classroom on Oct. 21, 2020, in Vista, California. (Jarrod Valliere/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)