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CA State Senate Approves Law Limiting Drone Use by Police

The Atlantic reports that the California State Senate, in an effort to protect the privacy of citizens, has passed legislation that forces police to secure warrants for surveillance before they use drones. If there are exigent circumstances, police will not need a warrant. Aug 31, 2014 6:56 AM PT

Tom Steyer to Put $1 Million into State Races, Including Races Between Democrats

Tom Steyer, the former hedge fund honcho who is now a billionaire focusing his energies on environmental activism, acknowledged on Thursday that he will spend $1 million to support Democrats in California in 2014 who fight for environmental causes as well as voter registration. He even stated that he will support one Democrat over another if one is more sympathetic to environmental activism. Aug 29, 2014 11:47 AM PT

Uber-Deal: CA Legislators Reach Accord on Ride-Sharing Insurance

Capital Public Radio reports that California legislators have loosened the restrictions on ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber, reducing the amount of insurance the drivers must carry between the time they turn their apps on until a match with a prospective passenger is made from $500,000 to $200,000. Aug 28, 2014 10:51 AM PT

Al Qaeda Targets California

Fox News reports that the General Atomics defense contractor in San Diego is among the terror targets mentioned in a new English-language Al Qaeda magazine called Palestine--Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem. Aug 28, 2014 10:35 AM PT

Eric Garcetti to Raise Minimum Wage

The Los Angeles Times reports that on Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $13.50 an hour in the next three years was confirmed by top business leaders in the community. Aug 27, 2014 6:41 PM PT

Hillary to Headline Event with Obama

Politico reports that Barack Obama will take time out from golfing to join Hillary Clinton and Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington on Sept. 18-19. Aug 27, 2014 4:08 PM PT

D.A. Seeks 6-Month Jail Sentence for Wright

The Los Angeles Times reports that suspended Democratic state Sen. Roderick D. Wright may spend six months in jail, if Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Bjorn Dodd has his way. Aug 27, 2014 1:36 PM PT

California Black Caucus Speaks Out against Police Shootings

Fox 40 reports that on Monday, members of the California Black Caucus and the NAACP joined at the state capitol, brandishing huge pictures of five black men killed by police officers around the nation, including Eric Gardner, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, and Kimani Gray. They called for action to address police interaction with people of color. Aug 27, 2014 10:08 AM PT

Syrian Foreign Minister: We Will Join with U.S., U.K. to Fight IS

The BBC reports that Syria’s foreign minister, Walid Muallem, asserting that Syria is "the centre of the international coalition to fight Islamic State,” stated that Syria would “cooperate and coordinate” its efforts with the United States and Great Britain in fighting the Islamic State (IS). Aug 26, 2014 6:40 PM PT

LAUSD Pulls iPads Amidst Corruption Allegations

The $1 billion contract that L.A. schools had made with Apple to provide iPads to all the students in the district was suspended on Monday, according to a memo from Supt. John Deasy to the Board of Education, obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Aug 26, 2014 12:59 PM PT

Sacramento Bee Cunningly Attacks Tom McClintock

In a column ostensibly lambasting local district attorneys around the state for failing to prosecute legislators who live outside the districts they represent, Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee lives up to his paper’s penchant for looking out for Democrats. Aug 25, 2014 3:21 PM PT

Experts: Napa Quake Could Have Been Far Worse

CBS 2 Los Angeles reports that seismologists say that their early warning systems did alert them that the Napa Valley earthquake was imminent, but the good news was that the quake struck at 3:20 a.m., when most people were asleep. Aug 25, 2014 1:54 PM PT

Napa Aftermath: Gawkers Stunned by Quake Damage

After Sunday’s 6.1 earthquake, 33 buildings in Napa have been red-tagged by building inspectors in Napa, including the county courthouse and the post office, according to CBS Sacramento. Aug 25, 2014 1:04 PM PT


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