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Federal Judge Says 2 California Laws Are Unconstitutional

A federal judge says two California laws enacted through the initiative process are unconstitutional because they improperly change the punishment for crimes committed before the laws came into effect.

03/02/2014

A volunteer disposes a used syringe of heroin. (Sutanta Aditya/AFP/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Expiring Law Sets Up New Needle Giveaway Battle In California

It’s long been a public health debate about whether it’s good policy to make clean needles available to drug addicts and the topic is again up for discussion after San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting introduced a bill this month addressing the issue.

02/24/2014

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State Senator Pushing To End English-Only Instruction In California Schools

A state senator on Thursday proposed repealing Proposition 227, the 16-year-old law that banned most bilingual education in public schools.

02/24/2014

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American Flags Made In China Now Banned In U.S. Military

Soldiers carry them into battle, fly them high over foreign bases, and triumphantly carry them in processions, but those stars and stripes, until now, have often been made in China.

02/19/2014

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Judge Recommends Law License Suspension For Drunk-Driving, Badge-Flashing SF Prosecutor

A State Bar of California judge has recommended a two-year suspension of the law license of a former San Francisco prosecutor who has three convictions for driving under the influence and who tried to use his badge to avoid arrest.

02/18/2014

Mojitos require the use of several "ready-to-eat" food items. (Sophia's Thai Kitchen)

Bartenders: Would You Like Latex With Your Lime? Glove Law Impacts Drinks, Food

A newly-implemented California law has chefs steaming over protocol requiring them to wear gloves while preparing certain foods, but it could shake things up even more for bartenders in the golden state.

01/15/2014

KPIX 5's Christin Ayers is shown a sweepstakes game at an internet cafe. A customer buys internet time to use and in exchange they are rewarded with a chance to win cash. (CBS)

Lawmaker Pushing To Ban California Internet Gambling Cafes

They look suspiciously like illegal casinos: Computer cafes where you can take your chances on winning cash. Now, one lawmaker is cracking down, proposing a ban that could wipe them out for good.

01/08/2014

(CBS)

Illegal Immigrant Can Practice Law In California Thanks To Court Ruling And New Law

The California Supreme Court on Thursday granted a law license to a man living in the United States illegally who graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam, meaning Sergio Garcia can begin practicing law despite his immigration status.

01/02/2014

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New Year Bringing Minimum Wage Increases For Bay Area Cities

January 1 will bring increases in the minimum wage in San Francisco and San Jose—two of the Bay Area’s largest cities. Meanwhile, California’s minimum wage will also increase later in 2014.

12/26/2013

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California Schools Reviewing Locker Rooms To Prep For Transgender Students’ Rights Law

A new law that spells out the rights of transgender students in kindergarten through 12th grade is set to take effect in California on Jan. 1. To get ready, school districts are reviewing locker room layouts, scheduling sensitivity training for staff and reconsidering senior portrait dress codes.

12/26/2013

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