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In Fight Over Digital Privacy, California Seeks to Ban ā€˜Reverse Search Warrantsā€™


California is considering banning the use of ā€œreverse search warrants,ā€ which compel tech companies to disclose the identities of individuals based on the location of their phone and internet search history. Abortion activists call it vital.

CA Legislature Beats Deadline on Key Bills


The deadline for bills to pass their first house in the California Legislature has come and gone. Most made it. A few failed. And a handful of intriguing bills that didnā€™t pass may resurface because their authors arenā€™t giving up.

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Placer Supervisors approve Probation Mobile Center grant

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to accept grant funding from the California Board of State and Community Corrections for the Placer Probation Department to expand its mobile service.

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What Happens to a Town When its Prison Closes?

California is unwinding the prison-building boom of the 1980s and 1990s. The cuts are falling on small towns that banked on government jobs to anchor their communities.

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Court finds Measure F invalid; Deputy Association to appeal

Although the invalidation of the voter-approved salary-setting measure was anticipated, attorney David Mastagni says the Placer County Deputy Sheriffsā€™ Association is disappointed and will file an appeal.

Image caption: How many innocent people have been executed? There is no way to know for sure.
Death Penalty Mistakes: When the State Kills the Innocent

More than 4 percent of death penalty convicts have been wrongfully convicted, data shows. But courts including the U.S. Supreme Court have failed to provide protections for the innocent facing death at the hands of the state.

Image caption: The death chamber inside San Quentin. Gov. Newsom has ordered the facility dismantled.
Is Californiaā€™s Death Penalty Finally Dead?

The death penalty remains legal in California, but Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a moratorium on executions in 2019. Will capital punishment end in the state? Hereā€™s whatā€™s happening.

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Placer Sheriff's Office unveils fallen deputy monument

The eight-foot sculpture, created by local artist Douglas Van Howd, resembles a deputy from the 1800s and honors nine Placer County peace officers who have been killed in the line of duty since 1851.

Image caption: The California Supreme Court has defined the stateā€™s legal and political agenda for more than 170 years.
How the California Supreme Court Blazes Legal Trails

The California Supreme Court has kept the state at the forefront of legal issues surrounding abortion, the death penalty and same-sex marriage, starting in its earliest days in the Gold Rush era.

Image caption: Murder committed by strangers who don't know the victim remained relatively rare, data shows,
Is Crime Out of Control? What's the Reality?

Fears that violent crime is out of control on the streets of California cities rose after the murder of a well-known tech exec. But what are the facts and do they back up the rising moral panic about crime?

Image caption: A memorial to the seven victims slain in a mass shooting in Half Man Bay in January 2023.
Mass Shootings in California: 2023 Has Been a Bad Year

Three mass shootings with at least six fatalities have already taken place in California in 2023, resulting in 25 deaths. Statistically however, California has been below average for the United States in rate of mass shooting deaths.

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