Law

Courtroom in the Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland. (CBS)

California Moves To Provide Free Interpreter Services In All Court Cases

Under pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice, California’s Judicial Council approved a plan to extend free interpretation services to all cases by 2017.

08/16/2015

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Retiring Judge Gets Kinky Sendoff Party In San Francisco Courtroom

The HR director for San Francisco courts is looking into what happened inside a courtroom on Thursday during a party involving a fake female police officer, a whip and handcuffs.

07/24/2015

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Millions Of California Workers Could Benefit From New Sick Pay Law

More than 6 million workers are expected to benefit from a new law taking effect Wednesday that requires California employers to provide them at least three paid sick days a year.

06/30/2015

U.S. Supreme Court (Photo Credit: Randy Yagi)

Supreme Court Upholds Drug Used In Botched Executions; California Not Affected

The Supreme Court has upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions, but California is not affected since it doesn’t use the drug in its lethal injection cocktail.

06/29/2015

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Supreme Court Rejects NRA Efforts To Loosen San Francisco Gun Control Laws

An appeal of two of San Francisco’s gun laws led by the National Rifle Association was rejected by the Supreme Court.

06/08/2015

Demonstrators hit Oakland streets again last night, upset about the mayor's new tactic to curb out of control protests. (CBS SF)

Protesters Arrested, Cited In Clash With Oakland Police Over Curfew Crackdown

Protesters in Oakland clashed with police over the crackdown on protest marches, which now must be permitted, limited to sidewalks and are subject to curfew. 19 people were cited and four were arrested.

05/25/2015

California Governor Jerry Brown (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Gov. Brown Speeds Up California’s Climate Change Response With New Executive Order

Governor Jerry Brown wants California to slash its carbon footprint even more quickly than is already called for in the continent’s most ambitious climate change law.

04/29/2015

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Planning Commission Recommends a 120 Night Per Year Hosting Cap On SF Airbnb Rentals

San Francisco’s Planning Commission has recommended putting a cap on hosting short-term housing rentals to 120 nights a year in an amendment proposed by Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Mark Farrell.

04/24/2015

A San Francisco city worker was fatally struck by a trolley while she was crossing the street near City Hall on October 23, 2014. (CBS)

San Francisco Tour Bus Drivers Forced To Decide Between Driving, Narrating After New Rule Passes

An ordinance prohibiting tour bus drivers from narrating while driving in San Francisco was unanimously approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Tuesday, less than six months after a city hall employee was fatally struck by a tour bus outside City Hall.

04/07/2015

A dog walker escorts dogs along the beach at Crissy Field near the Golden Gate Bridge. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

40,000 Sign Petition To Stop Law Forcing Dogs To Be On Leashes In Bay Area Parks

A San Francisco apartment dweller’s petition against a National Park Service plan to put further limitations on unleashed dogs in parks is gaining steam.

04/07/2015

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