12-Month Fishing License Bill Unanimously Approved By CA Senate Committee

SACRAMENTO–A bill authored by California Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte), to promote fishing for all Californians, unanimously passed the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee on Tuesday. Currently, fishing licenses are based on a calendar-year cycle, with no extra time, or prorated rates given for purchases made later in the season. SB-187, which is supported […]

State Bill To Make Diapers Reimbursable For Low-Income Families Approved

SACRAMENTO–California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) Tuesday won approval of her legislation to add diapers to the category of expenses that can be reimbursed for low-income parents who are enrolled in California’s welfare-to-work program. Assembly Bill 480 was approved by the Assembly Committee on Human Services with a vote of 4 to 0. “Diapers […]

CA Board Of Equalization Adopts Reforms To Address State Audit Findings

Culver City–During the Board of Equalization’s regular meeting Tuesday in Culver City, board members voted 5 to 0 to adopt new policies that establish stricter protocols regarding member education and outreach. The reforms were crafted in response to the recent Department of Finance audit and were approved within the context of the Customer Service and […]

CPUC Issues Staff Citations Totaling $8.3 Million To PG&E For Butte Fire

SAN FRANCISCO–The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today issued two staff Citations totaling $8.3 million to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for several violations related to the Butte Fire. On September 9, 2015, the Butte Fire ignited near Butte Mountain Road in the city of Jackson in Amador County. The wildfire burned 70,868 acres, […]

Assemblywoman Fletcher Wins Approval For First-In-The-Nation Laws On Gender Pay Gap Transparency

SACRAMENTO–California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) Wednesday won victories in the Assembly Labor Committee for a trio of innovative, first-in-the-nation laws that will benefit millions of California workers. The committee voted in favor of Assembly Bills 5, 1099 and 1209.  “I’m very grateful to my colleagues for the strong support they’ve shown for these […]

Cruise Line Ordered To Pay $40 Million For Illegal Dumping Of Oil Contaminated Waste, Falsifying Records

WASHINGTON–Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. (Princess) was sentenced to pay a $40 million penalty – the largest-ever for crimes involving deliberate vessel pollution – related to illegal dumping overboard of oil contaminated waste and falsification of official logs in order to conceal the discharges. Judge Patricia Seitz also ordered that $1 million be awarded to a […]

Ohio Man Pleads Guilty To Soliciting Murder Of U.S. Military Members

WASHINGTON–An Akron, Ohio man pleaded guilty to five counts of solicitation to commit a crime of violence and five counts of making threatening interstate communications involving his soliciting the murder of members of the U.S. military. Terrence McNeil, 24, pleaded guilty to soliciting the murder of members of the military. He disseminated ISIL’s violent rhetoric, circulated U.S. […]

Deported DACA Recipient Sues Trump Administration For Unlawfully Withholding Information

LOS ANGELES–A young immigrant who was physically deported despite having permission to live and work in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday demanding that the federal government turn over key information about his sudden deportation. Juan Manuel Montes, 23, filed a complaint in the U.S. […]

Dept. Of Defense Identifies Army Casualty In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON–The Department of Defense confirmed the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, 37, of Edgewood, Maryland, died April 8 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during combat operations. De Alencar was […]

New Mexico Sex Offender Sentenced To 200 Years For Producing Child Pornography

Las Cruces, N.M.–A New Mexico man was sentenced to 200 years in federal prison for producing child pornography, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations reports. The sentence for Jim Walter Qualls Jr, 30, from Roswell, New Mexico, was enhanced based on his prior state court conviction for enticing a minor. Qualls was arrested […]