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Ocean Plastic Pollution Worse Than Expected

MOFFETT AIRFIELD/MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Oct. 3, 2016 – The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, today presented the initial findings of its Aerial Expedition – a series of low-speed, low-altitude flights across the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the plastic accumulation zone between Hawaii and California. Using a […]

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New Report Finds Toxic Chemicals in Oil Wastewater Used on California Crops

Oakland, Calif. October 4, 2016 – A report released today analyzing chemicals used in California oilfields sheds new light on risks to food and wildlife from oil and gas wastewater that is used for irrigation. The report, written by scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of the […]

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TURN Wins Reform of Scandal-Ridden CPUC

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. October 3, 2016 – Public outrage over back room deals at the California Public Utilities Commission culminated in the approval of legislation that limits meetings between utilities and regulators, establishes new disclosure requirements for contacts between Commissioners and self-interested Wall Street and industry representatives, and increases penalties for violations. TURN-sponsored SB 215, […]

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Educators Disappointed Gov. Brown Vetoed Legislation to Ensure Accountability and Transparency at Charter Schools

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 30, 2016 – CTA President Eric Heins issued the following statement disappointed in Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of AB 709 – a bill that would have required all charter schools to be transparent and accountable to parents and to disclose how they spend taxpayer money, including budgets and contracts. It sought to prohibit […]

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TRUTH Act Signed; CA First State to Provide Miranda Warnings Before Immigration Interrogations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. September 28, 2016 – Earlier this afternoon, Governor Jerry Brown signed the TRUTH Act (AB 2792 – Bonta) into law. The bill makes California the first state to require that law enforcement advise people in jail of their rights and get written consent prior to an interrogation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The […]

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Treasurer John Chiang Sanctions Wells Fargo Bank for Defrauding California Customers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. September 28, 2016 – Wells Fargo’s admission that thousands of its bank employees opened over two million fraudulent consumer accounts is a legal and ethical outrage that cannot go unpunished, State Treasurer John Chiang said today. “Wells Fargo’s fleecing of its customers by opening fraudulent accounts for the purpose of extracting millions in […]

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Arrest made in connection with 2014 Bully Fire

Redding, Calif. September 28, 2016 – Hammond, Indiana Police Department SWAT team members along with other law enforcement officers in East Chicago, Indiana arrested Freddie Alexander Smoke III, 39, of East Chicago, Indiana this morning without incident. On July 11, 2014 at approximately 10 p.m. CAL FIRE law enforcement officers arrested Freddie Alexander Smoke III […]

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Health Officials Urge Californians to Remove Standing Water

SACRAMENTO September 28, 2016 – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today called on the people of California to help reduce the number of mosquitoes by eliminating standing water, especially in areas that have recently had rain and continue to experience warm temperatures. “Rainy weather can […]

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Legal Challenge Pursued Over Failure to Protect Endangered Peninsular Bighorn Sheep

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. September 27, 2016 – Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Coachella Valley Conservation Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and city of La Quinta for their failure to implement the requirements of the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan to […]

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Field Poll | Strong support for tax extension and criminal sentencing initiatives; cigarette tax leads, but by narrower margin

September 27, 2016 – Likely voters are giving strong initial support to two state ballot propositions, one to extend a recent income tax hike on high income residents (Proposition 55). and another to offer new parole opportunities for non-violent offenders (Propositon 57). While voters are also backing a third initiative to increase cigarette taxes (Proposition […]

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Governor signs bill to allow citizens to break a window to rescue an animal from a hot car

SACRAMENTO, CA, Aug. 25, 2016 – Assembly Bill 797, jointly authored by Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago and Marc Steinorth was approved by both Houses of the Legislature. Earlier today, Assembly Bill 797, the Right to Rescue Act, was approved by the California State Assembly on Concurrence. The measure, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office […]

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Fair Political Practices Commission Opens Investigation Into CA Democratic Party In Response to Report On ‘Brown’s Dirty Hands’

SANTA MONICA, CA, Sept. 26, 2016 – The Fair Political Practices Commission has launched an investigation into the California Democratic Party and alleged violations of the Political Reform Act in response to Consumer Watchdog’s investigative report, Brown’s Dirty Hands, the public interest group was told. “We are pleased that the FPPC has launched an investigation […]

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Field Poll: Two-to-one voter support for Marijuana Legalization (Prop. 64) and Gun Control (Prop. 63) initiatives

September 23, 2016 – California voters are lining up in favor of two closely watched statewide ballot propositions that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana (Proposition 64) and place further restrictions on the possession of guns (Proposition 63). The latest Field/IGS Poll finds both ballot measures leading by similar two-to-one margins. Six in ten […]

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AG Kamala Harris Launches New All-Digital Tool to Collect Data on Law Enforcement and Civilian Uses of Force

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22, 2016 – Following last year’s launch of an unprecedented criminal justice open data initiative, OpenJustice, and the passage of Assembly Bill 71, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today launched a web-based tool that allows California law enforcement agencies to digitally report law enforcement or civilian uses of force. As part of […]

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Cooley Bill to Protect Historic State Park Names Signed into Law by Governor Brown

RANCHO CORDOVA, Sept. 22, 2016 – The California Heritage Protection Act (AB 2249) was signed into law by Governor Brown, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) has announced. AB 2249 ensures park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire. The bill was introduced by Assemblyman […]