Tag Archives: California

Sandré Swanson

Senate Candidate Swanson Looks at Negative Impact of Costa-Hawkins Act

Former Assemblymember Sandré Swanson, who is running for State Senate District 9, is examining the way state laws undermine the availability of affordable housing in the East Bay as he campaigns to become an elected [...]
Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Senator Loni Hancock met with panelists in Oakland to discuss bail reform for California on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Rob Bonta’s office.

Local Lawmakers Pushing for Bail Reform to “Fix Broken System” Bail bonds turn jails into a “debtors’ prison”

Experts, advocates and lawmakers gathered on Tuesday to discuss changes to California’s bail system, which often requires defendants to pay a fee upfront in order to be released while their case is pending.
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill to reform Costa-Hawkins in 2013. He owns an Oakland property that went up for sale this year at $2,595,000. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Oakland Calls for Repeal of State Law Restricting Renter Protections Costa-Hawkins law prohibits rent protections for housing built after 1983

The Oakland City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to support a resolution urging state lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown to repeal or modernize the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which prohibits rent protections for housing built [...]
Larry Pohlschneider with attorney Maitreya Badami

Innocent California Man Freed After 15 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

The Tehama County Superior Court in northern California has overturned the wrongful conviction of Larry Pohlschneider, a client of Santa Clara University School of Law’s Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP), after nearly 15 years of [...]
Demonstrators march in New York against police brutality. AP photo.

#CaravanForJustice Mobilizes Communities Against Police Violence

A caravan seeking to mobilize communities of color against police brutality will travel throughout California Oct. 3 through Oct. 10, led by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in partnership with the ACLU of [...]
A mock-up of an earthquake early warning (EEW) alert on a cellphone. An EEW system is under development but not yet available to the public. Credit: K. Cantner, AGI, after Jennifer Strauss.

Mobile App Would Bring Earthquake Early Warning to All

By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley News   In a perfect world, we’d all be as prepared for an earthquake as Jennifer Strauss.   In a perfect world, we’d also have an early-warning system to give [...]
Several hundred inmates crowd the gymnasium at San Quentin State Prison. AP Photo.

San Quentin Faces Medical Emergency with Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Marin County Department of Health assists in preventing spread of disease

San Quentin State Prison is taking emergency medical steps after six inmates have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, a severe and sometimes deadly form of pneumonia, while dozens more are under observation.