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Attorney Stanley D. Prowse of San Diego North County Embraces Mobile Tech for Law Information Portal

CARLSBAD, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In response to the growing demand for sound legal information available over the internet, Certified Family Law Specialist Stan Prowse in San Diego has released an updated mobile-friendly version of his comprehensive and easy to understand legally oriented web site. Easy access to helpful legal information is now available 24/7/365, optimized for all devices and web platforms.

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Gatto Introduces California Legislation to Prevent Evidence Destruction at Gun Buy-Back Programs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — What is the quickest way to get rid of a murder weapon? Unfortunately, in some cities, it is turning it over to the police department and getting paid to do so, says Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto. At some of these “no questions asked” gun “buy-backs,” the police will even melt […]

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California Gov. Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Selects Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar for California Supreme Court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar as his choice for associate justice of the California Supreme Court. Cuéllar, 41, of Stanford, has been a Stanford Law School professor since 2001 and was appointed Stanley Morrison Professor of Law in 2012. He has taught administrative law, criminal […]

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Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Makes Appointments to County Superior Courts for July 16, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wendesday, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced various the appointments of a judgeship in California County Superior Courts. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Danielle K. Douglas to a judgeship in the Contra Costa County County Superior Court. Douglas, 40, of San Francisco, has […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Gov. Brown Appoints Four Justices to the Second District Court of Appeal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Associate Justice Frances Rothschild as presiding justice, Division One, Brian M. Hoffstadt to Division Two, Lee S. Edmon as presiding justice, Division Three and Judge Audrey B. Collins to Division Four of the Second District Court of Appeal. […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown

Calif. Governor Brown Appoints Two Justices to the First District Court of Appeal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Friday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Associate Justice James M. Humes as presiding justice, Division One and Therese M. Stewart to Division Two of the First District Court of Appeal. Humes, 54, of San Francisco, has served as associate justice of the First District […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto

California Bill to Increase Penalties for Hit-and-Run Drivers Passes Assembly – AB 1532

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — As an 18-year-old victim remains hospitalized in a coma, Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to increase penalties for those who flee the scene of an accident cleared its biggest legislative hurdle yet, passing the Assembly by a vote of 74-4. Gatto’s bill, AB 1532, would expand hit-and-run penalties […]

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Senator Alex Padilla

California Senate Approves Military Sexual Assault Bill – Senate Bill 1422

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the California Senate approved Senate Bill 1422, authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) on a bipartisan vote of 34 to 0. The bill would require cases of sexual assault of a service member of the California Military Department (CMD) be subject to the jurisdiction of local civilian authorities. The […]

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Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Calif. Governor Brown Grants 63 Pardons on Good Friday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that, on Good Friday, he has granted 63 pardons. The individuals granted pardons all completed their sentences and have been released from custody for more than a decade without further criminal activity. Individuals who have been convicted of a crime in California […]

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Calif. Congressman Cárdenas Legislation: Stop Putting Kids in Solitary or in Jail for Skipping School

WASHINGTON, D.C. /California Newswire/ — U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), co-author of the landmark Schiff-Cárdenas Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act of 2000 in California, today introduced two bills to reform the incarceration and confinement of juveniles in the United States. The Protecting Youth from Solitary Confinement Act addresses a critical oversight in jails […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Gatto Introduces Legislative Cure for ‘Affluenza Defense’ – AB 1508

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) announced that he introduced legislation on Tuesday to forbid the use of “affluenza” as a defense at trial or as a mitigating circumstance in post-trial sentencing. “Affluenza” in the criminal-defense realm is the notion that an affluent or overly permissive upbringing prevents a […]

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New California Laws from Assemblyman Mike Gatto will take effect January 1, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Californians across the state will benefit from new laws authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) that will take effect on January 1, 2014. Among the new laws, California Motorists and small-business owners will receive some parking relief in January. A bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto will allow motorists to […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Announces New Standards to Reduce Toxic Chemicals in Furniture

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the approval of the state’s new flammability standards for upholstered furniture, the culmination of the administration’s year-long effort to modernize the standards and reduce Californians’ exposure to harmful flame retardant chemicals. “Today, California is curbing toxic chemicals found in everything from high […]

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Historic Prop. 65 Reform Signed into Law – Will Help California Businesses Avoid Unfair Lawsuits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to reform Proposition 65 and protect small businesses from meritless lawsuits was signed into law by Governor Brown on Saturday. The bill, AB 227, would allow small-business owners who receive notice of a technical Prop. 65 signage violation to achieve compliance within fourteen […]

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Assemblyman Cooley’s Victims Restitution Money Protection Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 934 (Cooley), requiring agencies that collect restitution on behalf of crime victims to make reasonable efforts to locate and distribute the money to the victim, before the agency distributes the money to itself or another local agency. “Protecting victims of crime […]

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S.F. Mayor Lee and Attorney General Harris Launch JusticeMobile Initiative and SFPD Mobile App

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Earlier this month, S.F. Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Attorney General Kamala Harris launched the JusticeMobile mobile application. On Sept. 9 they jointly announced that the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is the first police department in the State of California to launch JusticeMobile law enforcement data initiative on a smartphone.

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Calif. Governor Brown Issues Statement on Historic Proposition 8 Ruling and same-sex marriage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement on the United States Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 8 (Hollingsworth v. Perry): “After years of struggle, the U.S. Supreme Court today has made same-sex marriage a reality in California. In light of the decision, I have directed the […]

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Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Bill to Protect Small Businesses Unanimously Passes California Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) legislation to reform Prop. 65 and protect small businesses from meritless lawsuits passed the Assembly today with a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 71-0, well in excess of the 2/3 threshold necessary to amend the proposition. The bill, AB 227, would allow small-business owners who receive […]

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Fraud Doesn’t Work Here: McDonald’s Employee to Be Prosecuted for Five Counts of Alleged Felony Fraud

SAN RAMON, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, today announced another success in their ‘Fraud Doesn’t Work Here’ campaign in partnership with the California McDonald’s Preferred Operator Group (POG).

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Calif. Governor Brown Grants Pardons for Easter Weekend Holiday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On the eve of Easter, this past holiday weekend, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has granted 65 pardons. The individuals granted pardons all completed their sentences and have been released from custody for more than a decade without further criminal activity. Individuals who have been convicted […]

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Ending California ‘retroactive tax’ is goal of bipartisan legislation effort backed by BOE chair

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, in an effort to provide relief to California taxpayers stunned with the imposition of a “retroactive tax,” Sen. Ted W. Lieu, Asm. Jeff Gorell and Board of Equalization Chair Jerome E. Horton today announced a joint effort to craft a bipartisan, comprehensive solution to the problem created by the […]

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Calif. Assemblyman Gatto Business Advisory Commission Generates Legislation to Help Small Businesses Avoid Shakedown Lawsuit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Saturday, February 2, members of Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) Small Business Advisory Commission voted to ask him to introduce legislation to address a new breed of shakedown lawsuits plaguing small businesses in Southern California. On Monday, February 4, Assemblyman Gatto did what the Commission asked, introducing legislation […]

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LegalizeFerrets.org announces new White House petition to help legalize ferrets in California

LA MESA, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Legalize Ferrets announces new White House petition to help legalize ferrets in California. Over the past 25 years California ferret lovers have worked diligently to catch up to the rest of the 48 continental states to have our right for legal ferret ownership.

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Calif. Seeks End To Court Orders Capping the State’s Prison Population and Requiring Oversight of Prison Mental Health Care

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that the State of California has taken legal action to end a federal court order that caps the state’s prison population and another that requires “intrusive supervision” of prison mental health care.

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California State Assembly Approves Padilla’s ‘Student-Athlete Bill of Rights’- Senate Bill 1525

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, the California State Assembly approved Senate Bill 1525 on a vote of 51 – 25. Authored by State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), the legislation known as the “Student-Athlete Bill of Rights,” would require universities located in California that generate on average more than $10 million in media revenues a […]

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SecuGen Corp issues statement clarifying prior press release, Permanent Injunction Against Suprema Distributors and OEM Partners in Patent Infringement Lawsuit

SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ — SecuGen Corporation, a worldwide leader in the area of fingerprint sensor technology, which is located in Silicon Valley, issued a statement today clarifying a prior press release entitled: ‘SecuGen Obtains Permanent Injunction Against Suprema Distributors and OEM Partners in Patent Infringement Lawsuit.’

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Calif. Assemblymember Hall to Honor Los Angeles County Reserve Sheriff Deputy Shervin Lalezary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D – Los Angeles) will lead fellow legislators in honoring Los Angeles County Reserve Deputy Sheriff Shervin Lalezary for his acts of bravery during a ceremony in the Assembly Chambers on Thursday, January 19, 2012.

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S.F. Mayor Lee and Chief Suhr Announce San Francisco’s Historic Crime Rate Drop

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This week Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Police Chief Greg Suhr released the year end crime statistics showing continued historic low crime trends for the City of San Francisco. Mayor Lee and Chief Suhr announced that 2011 violent crime rates in San Francisco are down 6 percent from last year.

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Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Issues Statement on String Of L.A. Arson Fires

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Mayor Villaraigosa released the following statement on Monday on the string of arson fires in Los Angeles: Over the past few days we have been faced with an ongoing series of arson fires committed by an individual with wanton disregard for the lives and property of Angelenos. Thankfully, there have been no lives lost to these criminal acts and only minor injuries to date.

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Padilla Bill to Criminalize Cell Phones in Prisons Signed by Calif. Gov. Brown

Sacramento, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Senate Bill 26, authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), was signed by the Governor today. The new law will crack down on the smuggling and possession of cell phones and other wireless communication devices in California prisons. The law becomes effective immediately.

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Senator Padilla’s Anti-Piracy Legislation – new law will help reduce music and movie piracy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 550 (Padilla) Sunday. The new law will help reduce music and movie piracy by allowing inspections and verification to ensure that large-scale disc replicating plants are complying with California anti-piracy laws.

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Class Action Suit Filed Against ‘Barkworks’ Claiming Pet Stores Deceived Consumers About Selling Dogs from Alleged Puppy Mills

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — This morning, the national non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed suit in California Superior Court in Los Angeles County against Barkworks, a Southern California pet store chain, claiming the stores repeatedly engage in fraud and false advertising in an effort to conceal from customers that they allegedly source […]

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Padilla Bill to Criminalize Cell Phones in California Prisons Moves Forward

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Senate Bill 26, authored by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee Thursday with unanimous bipartisan support. SB 26 would crack down on the smuggling and possession of cell phones and other wireless communication devices in California prisons. The bill now goes to the full Assembly for consideration.

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Calif. Gov. Brown Signs Legislation To Improve Public Safety and Empower Local Law Enforcement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on Tuesday (April 5) signed AB 109, which makes fundamental changes to California’s correctional system to stop the costly, ineffective and unsafe “revolving door” of lower-level offenders and parole violators through our state prisons. “For too long, the state’s prison system has been a revolving […]

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Calif. Law Enforcement Leaders Back Governor Brown on Key Budget Proposal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Jerry Brown today announced that law enforcement leaders across the state have expressed support for his revised realignment plan to put more power back in the hands of local communities. To date, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA), the Peace Officers Research Association […]

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Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger Swears-In His Nominee, Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, as California’s Next Chief Justice

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement congratulating Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on being sworn-in as the next chief justice of California: “Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is a living example of the American Dream, and I am proud to have nominated her as the next chief justice of California. Today’s swearing-in […]

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Calif. Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Historic Pension Reform into Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday (Oct. 20) signed SB 867 and SBX6 22 by Senator Dennis Hollingsworth (R-Murrieta), formally implementing comprehensive pension reform for the people of California. Together, these bills implement a public pension system that is fair to both the employees and also to the taxpayers and will help […]

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California Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Adam’s Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after signing AB 1280, also known as Adam’s Law, by Assemblymember Mike Villines (R-Clovis), which creates harsher penalties for anyone that causes physical harm to a child under the age of eight, resulting in permanent injury or disability: “As Governor, my number […]

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Calif. Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Keep Drunk Drivers Off the Road

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed AB 1601 by Assemblymember Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), which authorizes judges to revoke, for up to ten years, the license of any person convicted of three or more DUIs in a 10-year period. Current law only allows for a license revocation period of three years […]

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