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Civil Grand Jury Mental Illness Response Recommendations


A Monterey County Civil Grand Jury report made recommendations for improvements to law enforcement and first responder procedures.

TSA Found More Than 1,500 Firearms on Airline Passengers in First 3 Months of 2024


A majority of the guns found were loaded, according to the TSA.

California Fails to Adequately Help Blind and Deaf Prisoners, US Judge Rules


Thirty years after prisoners with disabilities sued the state of California and 25 years after a federal court first ordered accommodations, a judge found that state prison and parole officials still are not doing enough to help deaf and blind prisoners.

Reps. Gaetz and Greene Lawsuit Against Cities Where Political Rally Was Canceled Can Move Forward


A judge ruled GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene can move forward with their lawsuit against two California cities where rallies were canceled.

Laguna Seca Raceway Lawsuit Settled


The Highway 68 Coalition suit against the County of Monterey over operation of the Laguna Seca Raceway has been settled.

California Speeds Plans to Empty San Quentin's Death Row


California prison officials announced they will move the last 457 condemned prisoners out of San Quentin's death row by summer. They will be transferred to other state prisons and housed in the general population.

California Law Enforcement Transparency Legislation Signed Into Law


After receiving bipartisan support, California Senate Bill 400, legislation intended to increase law enforcement transparency, was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

San Francisco Voters Pass Police & Drug Ballot Measures


Proposition E broadens police surveillance powers and Proposition F mandates drug screening and treatment for people receiving county welfare benefits who are suspected of drug use.

Study Finds Almost 50% of San Francisco Drug Users Not Residents


A report of a 12 month study which ended in February indicates almost half of those cited for drug usage were not residents of the city, leading to questions about city approaches to drug addiction.

Why Does California Elect Local Judges?


Of all the races on your ballot, the least information is often available on local judges. Here are some ways to find out more about these candidates.

Judge Again Dismisses Charges Against Members of California White Supremacist Group


In his decision, a judge agreed that the alleged white nationalists were being selectively prosecuted instead of 'far-left extremist groups, such as Antifa.'

Bay Area Car Owners Have Yet Another Crime to Worry About


License plates are getting stolen from vehicles, Livermore officials say.

Beekeeper Offers $100,000 Reward in Brazen Fresno Beehive Thefts


Commercial beekeeper Andrew Strehlow estimates he’s had 1,000 hives stolen over the years. The latest theft, of 96 hives from a Fresno County orchard, was his last straw.

Central California Is Battling a Unique, ‘Growing’ Crime Problem


Beehives, tractors and more are getting stolen from farmers.

Court Denies Plaintiffs Attorney Fees in Latest Monterey High Stadium Court Ruling


The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District has once again prevailed in its pursuit of completing a stadium renovation project at Monterey High School, according to the latest court ruling.x

Appeals Court Temporarily Reinstates Calif. Background Checks for Ammo Purchases


California’s law that requires background checks when purchasing ammunition is back in place.

Newsom to Send 120 CHP Officers to Fight Crime in Oakland


Gov. Gavin Newsom is increasing state police presence in Oakland under a new law enforcement campaign to target rising violent crime and theft.

How Many People Die Each Year in Jails and Prisons? No One Knows


As Jay D. Aronson and Dr. Roger A. Mitchell explore in their book “Death in Custody,” that lack of data is a national problem.

Marina Names Former Kansas City Deputy Chief as New Police Chief


The new Marina Police Department Chief of Police is a law enforcement veteran with more than 30 years in service.l Randy Hopkins started work this week and will be sworn in next week.

Tribal Leaders Cite Problems with California’s Feather Alert for Native People Who Go Missing


In the first year of California’s Feather Alert system, authorities denied some requests to issue bulletins on missing people, causing concerns.

L.A. Is Being ‘Stripped for Parts.’ Here’s What the City Council Wants to Do About It


Among growing concern over copper wire thefts, L.A. City Councilmembers Kevin de León and Traci Park proposed a task force anchored by the LAPD.

Did Legal Marijuana Help or Harm Californians? Here’s What the Data Says


When California’s cannabis shops opened their doors six years ago this month, they inaugurated the world’s largest market for legalized recreational marijuana. What’s life like, after legalization?

Salinas Police Department Gets New Assistant Police Chief


After a nearly two-month nationwide search process, Salinas welcomes new Assistant Chief John Murray. He has served the Salinas community for more than 27 years, most recently as a commander in the field operations division.

Controversial California Bill Would Physically Stop New Cars From Speeding


The proposed bill would require new California cars to have a speed limiter.

Jailed for Missing a Court Date, He Died After Not Being Given His HIV Medicine


An El Dorado County Jail inmate died after not receiving vital HIV medication for weeks, a new lawsuit claims.

As California Closes Prisons, State Spending Per Inmate Hits a New Record


Locking up a California state prisoner for one year costs nearly twice as much as tuition at the state’s top private universities—due to inmate medical costs and pay boosts for prison guards and other workers.

Californians Want to Use Zoom for Court Appearances. Will Lawmakers Let Them?


Each year, California lawmakers pass temporary extensions to COVID-era rules that allow people to attend court via video conferencing services. One powerful state union has been a barrier to making the feature permanent.

Oakland Gas Station Is Going Viral for Its Nonstop Car Burglaries


An auto burglary trend shows that thieves are targeting travelers.

LAPD Chief Announces Departure at End of February


Michel Moore, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, announced he will resign. The departure of Moore, who has been in the job since 2018, will spur the appointment of an interim chief and a nationwide search for his replacement, according to Mayor Karen Bass.

SCOTUS to Hear Case with Major Implications for Homeless


The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case related to whether cities and towns can ban camping on public property. The high court could overturn Martin v. Boise, a 2018 federal court decision that keeps western cities and counties from blocking public camping when sufficient shelter space is unavailable.

With Tighter Budgets, Police Seek Less Time in Court


To keep more police on patrols, law enforcement groups want officers to spend less time in court. Legislation would allow non-sworn community service officers to testify in preliminary hearings.

Former CSU Monterey Bay Dean Files Discrimination Lawsuit


Leslie Williams, the former associate vice president for student affairs, is suing California State University Monterey Bay’s board of trustees for wrongful termination, after she said she experienced gender discrimination and retaliation.

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