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Should California Doctors Report Domestic Abuse to Police? Here’s How Physician Lawmakers Voted


Pending legislation would lift requirements for California’s doctors to report all domestic abuse cases to police. The Assembly’s three physicians had different opinions.

Metal Detectors, Fear, Frustration. College Commencements Altered Amid Gaza War Protests


At many universities across the country, graduation for the Class of 2024 will feel more like making it through airport security than a procession through a free-flowing campus green or a cheering stadium crowd.

Police Accountability Commission Considers Facial Recognition Software Use


The Police Accountability Commission for the City of Davis considered use of facial recognition software by the Davis Police Department, noting concerns about reliability and potential harm to the community.

After Previously Being Cleared, Three Alameda Police Officers Now Face Manslaughter Charges


The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has charged three East Bay police officers with involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 death of 26-year-old Mario Gonzalez.

Senate Impeachment Trial Begins for Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas


Alejandro N. Mayorkas, a Cuban immigrant who grew up in California, is the first U.S. Cabinet official impeached in nearly 150 years.

Woodland Toughens Illegal Fireworks Ordinance


The City of Woodland is increasing fines for possession or use of illegal fireworks to $1,000 per device.

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.

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.

Woodland City Council to Consider Renewing Advance Peace contract


The City Council is poised to authorize a $400,000 three-year contract with the organization to continue its services that city staff reports has produced positive outcomes.

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.

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.'

California Lawmaker Introduces Bill Requiring Armed Police in Every School


Assemblymember Bill Essayli (R-Riverside) this week introduced a measure in the Legislature here to mandate at least one armed police officer on campus in every California school during regular school hours.

Bay Area Car Owners Have Yet Another Crime to Worry About


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

Yolo County DA Accepting Applications for Citizens Academy


The eight-week Citizens Academy is designed to involve diverse communities in learning about the criminal justice system with the goal to improve relationships between Yolo residents and the criminal justice system.

How Far Can Cities Go to Clear Homeless Camps? SCOTUS Will Decide


In April, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that could reshape how cities manage homelessness. The legal issue is whether they can fine or arrest people for sleeping outside if there’s no shelter available.

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.

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.

Former CSU Professor Admits to Setting Blazes Near Dixie Fire in 2021


The ex-professor pleaded guilty to multiple arson charges in court.

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.

UC Davis Begins Program to Support Formerly Incarcerated Students


University of California, Davis has introduced a program for formerly incarcerated students and those impacted by the justice system, known as the Underground Scholars program.

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.

‘One in Five’ Final Report Explores Destructive Consequences of Mass Incarceration


The final report of the four-part series “One in Five,” published this week by The Sentencing Project, explores how “Mass Incarceration Deepens Inequality and Harms Public Safety.”

Judge Orders Lawsuit Against WomenSV into Arbitration


More than 80 women, elderly donors and real estate professionals have joined forces to expose an attorney referral scheme allegedly operating through the Los Altos-based nonprofit WomenSV.


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The California mental health crisis is tied to both homelessness and rising crime.
UPDATE: California’s Mental Health Crisis: How We Got Here
The making of Gov. Newsom's plan to help get mentally ill Californians into treatment.
The cycle of crime and homelessness is escalating, but it doesn't have to be that way.
Homelessness and Crime in California: Even More Complex Than You Think
What causes the cycle of homelessness and crime, and how to stop it.
The California Supreme Court has defined the state’s legal and political agenda for more than 170 years.
How the California Supreme Court Blazes Legal Trails
From its beginnings in the Gold Rush, the state Supreme Court continues to define the state today.
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