Daily Recorder
Friday, May 24, 2024
GUEST COLUMNS

Friday, May 24, 2024

When Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a much-revised 2024-25 state budget this month, he became visibly irritated when reporters pressed him about raising taxes to cover a $44.9 billion deficit, particularly the corporate tax hikes that left-leaning groups have suggested to avoid spending cuts in health, welfare and education programs.
Based on their line of questioning, California Supreme Court justices seemed to be reaching for a compromise as they heard oral arguments Tuesday in the long-running legal saga over whether gig workers should be considered independent contractors or employees.
Special interest groups spent more than $114 million to lobby California officials and legislators in the first quarter of this year, matching the pace last year when a record $480 million was spent to influence state policy decisions.
Few places in California are as unforgiving for driving an electric car as the remote and sparsely populated Imperial Valley.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Homelessness gets top billing in a measure likely to make it onto your November ballot. Whether the measure has anything to do with homelessness is debatable.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Gov. Gavin Newsom is cutting it close. He signed a law last fall that phases in a $25 minimum wage for California's lowest-paid health care workers beginning June 1. Then, he said he wanted to delay it because of its potential to exacerbate the severe state budget shortfall.
Frustration came through loud and clear as legislators hurled question after question at the head of the state's homelessness interagency council: Why, after years of planning and billions of dollars invested, is there so little to show for the effort?

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

As Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislators spend the next few weeks fashioning a state budget that's plagued by a multibillion-dollar deficit, they can't count on a booming economy to make their task easier.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a huge deficit this spring, and he has one especially big money-saving option that he's not using.
In January, the University of California Board of Regents broke the hearts of undocumented students by halting a proposal to allow them to work on campus. A few days later, David Alvarez had a plan. The Democratic assemblymember from Chula Vista huddled with student organizers and decided to draft a bill to compel the UC, as well as the community colleges and California State University, to do what the UC regents would not.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Desperate for a way to help the tens of thousands of people living in tents, cars and RVs on California's streets, lawmakers are attempting to upend a key tenet of the state's homelessness policy.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

State education officials are intervening to force San Francisco's school system to clean up its financial mess: a chronic budget deficit that could make it insolvent.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Among the most controversial bills that died this spring was a measure prompted by allegations that Gov. Gavin Newsom secured a lucrative benefit for a billionaire supporter by exempting his restaurants from a minimum wage increase.
Nathan Reyes lives with his family five minutes from Cal State Los Angeles, where he's paying close to nothing to earn a bachelor's degree that typically lands graduates a salary of $62,000 within five years of completing college.

Friday, May 10, 2024

The ABA has urged the Department of Homeland Security to modify and clarify the directives for border searches of lawyers' devices, and has issued an advisory with suggestions such as using device alternatives, taking pre-inspection precautions, and objecting to searches on privilege grounds.
Over the last half-decade, state government has spent about $24 billion to ameliorate California's worst-in-the-nation homelessness crisis. Local governments and private charities have spent countless billions more.
The California Supreme Court will decide in the coming weeks whether to remove a sweeping anti-tax measure from the November ballot, blocking an effort to increase the requirements for implementing taxes, fees and other government charges in the state before voters have a chance to weigh in.
Democratic Assemblymember Juan Carrillo has mixed feelings about the Joshua trees that are scattered across his sprawling Southern California desert district.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The pro-Palestinian encampment at UCLA last week became the latest campus tinderbox to erupt.
Who is the flesh-and-blood landlord with a city-spanning portfolio of apartments concealed behind an obscurely-named limited liability company? Who is the proprietor of a local restaurant, hotel or regional car wash chain shrouded beneath a corporate veil? Who actually owns what in California?
California Attorney General Rob Bonta on Friday announced a $273 million multistate settlement with New Jersey-based Amneal Pharmaceutical for the drug manufacturer's alleged failure to report suspicious opioid orders, and as a consequence contributing to the opioid epidemic.
Last week Ed Center, a foster parent from San Francisco County, told a Senate budget subcommittee a painful story about reaching his breaking point during his son's COVID-era mental health crisis. His son's breakdowns included violent tantrums and blacking out his own face from family portraits with a marker.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Remote workers who work in California only part of the time may not be covered by § 925, but they may still be able to void their non-compete agreements under § 16600 if they file suit in California or in a state that respects California's laws.

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NEWS

General News

Friday, May 24, 2024

A pro-housing group is challenging the City of San Mateo's recently adopted housing element, claiming that the city overestimated the amount of housing that could be generated under existing zoning in contravention of state law.
General News

Friday, May 24, 2024

The leader of the California Senate said Wednesday his body has passed all 15 bills in an anticrime package. These bills, collectively called the Safer California Plan, focus on curbing fentanyl distribution and retails theft.
General News

Friday, May 24, 2024

A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Wednesday rejected a bid by five Republican states to intervene in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations against the Biden administration over its Legal Pathways rule designed to limit the number of non-Mexican asylum seekers crossing into the United States.
General News

Thursday, May 23, 2024

The state Senate has passed a bill to strengthen the state's civil rape shield law in response to a California Supreme Court ruling.
General News

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Moving back and forth from Tennessee to Alaska, Michael Rogers and his wife Christy have twice been stuck simultaneously paying a mortgage and rent. Once, in 2006, the situation dragged on for eight months, finally ending when they sold their house in Tennessee for $20,000 below what they'd paid for it.
General News

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Google LLC's apprentice program is under fire after a whistleblower lawsuit filed Tuesday in Santa Clara County accuses two company executives of abusing the program to fraudulently collect donations from the company and other Google employees for a nonprofit and funnel "wealthy and well-connected" children to elite universities.
General News

Thursday, May 23, 2024

California's Civil Rights Council proposed new rules on May 17 to govern the use of artificial intelligence tools in employment decisions, including a prohibition on third parties aiding and abetting discrimination through the design, sale, or use of an automated system.
General News

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Kurt Marthaller, who oversees school food programs in Butte, Montana, faces many cafeteria-related challenges: children skipping the lunch line because they fear being judged, parents fuming about surprise bills they can't afford, unpaid meal debts of $70,000 districtwide.
General News

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

More than 1,500 graduate students, teaching assistants and researchers walked off the job at UC Santa Cruz on Monday, launching the first labor strike over the University of California's response to pro-Palestinian protests in the past month.
General News

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Tesla Inc. cannot dodge claims that the electric vehicle maker fostered a racially hostile environment at its Fremont facility after an Alameda County Superior Court judge granted class certification in one of 46 related cases.
General News

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Two types of accounts can help you pay for medical costs and have tax benefits, but both also have possible downsides, two recently published reports found.
General News

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Attorneys for an Oregon man who was sentenced to federal prison for selling a Russian machine gun capable of firing 900 rounds a minute are asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate his conviction because a near-total ban on the ownership of machine guns violates the Second Amendment.
General News

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Officials in Alameda, California, have told scientists to stop testing a device that might one day be used to artificially cool the planet by making clouds brighter, reflecting planet-warming sunlight back into space.
General News

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

A divided 9th Circuit panel denied en banc rehearing of a district court ruling upholding the dismissal of the City of Stockton's fire chief – but not without strong dissent from multiple circuit court judges, including a 34-page dissenting opinion by Circuit Judge Lawrence VanDyke of Reno, Nevada. The dissenting opinions argue that former fire chief Ronald Hittle produced ample evidence that he was discriminated against for religious reasons, and that the opinion goes against a Supreme Court directive prohibiting religious discriminations.
General News

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Speakers at a recent Judicial Council event noted that the use of artificial intelligence could create privacy issues for court users.
General News

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Greenberg Glusker attorneys say the firm has stayed true to Los Angeles for 65 years.
General News

Monday, May 20, 2024

Retired Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Timothy R. Volkmann joined the panel of neutrals at JAMS.
General News

Monday, May 20, 2024

Federal courts do not have the authority to dismiss, rather than stay, an action involving claims subject to arbitration, according to a Thursday decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. One appellate attorney said the decision was the latest example of the court chipping away at the Federal Arbitration Act.
General News

Monday, May 20, 2024

Water is a popular motif with product designers because it symbolizes tranquility and clarity. But this force of nature also "adds movement, freedom and flow in a space," said Golnar Roshan, who with her partner, Ruben de la Rive Box, recently introduced a rug collection called Fluid that evokes the moody skies reflected in the canals of Amsterdam, where they live.
General News

Monday, May 20, 2024

The Biden administration's move to terminate much of a long-running settlement governing the treatment of unaccompanied migrant children relies on the argument that the federal government's hands are tied by the refusal of several states to license child care programs for those minors.
General News

Monday, May 20, 2024

Former Los Angeles City Attorney Michael Feuer "obstructed justice" when he denied knowledge of a scheme to settle litigation against the city over faulty utility billing software without any discovery, according to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent in the case.
General News

Monday, May 20, 2024

Crime has become a big topic in the California state Legislature, reflecting the growing frustration many residents have expressed over crime rates.
General News

Friday, May 17, 2024

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has indicated he will sue the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in federal court claiming the Board's decision to place him on a "do not hire" list was a violation of his due process and First Amendment rights.
General News

Friday, May 17, 2024

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted to consider en banc a California resident's class action against a Canadian e-commerce platform, Shopify Inc., for allegedly violating privacy and unfair competition laws because it extracted his personal data when he was making a purchase at a retailer that used the company's services.
General News

Friday, May 17, 2024

That waste-conscious message was scrawled on the back of a decades-old pickup in the Nebraska town where Martha Keen grew up. The doctor who drove it could have afforded a new one, but no: The truck had plenty of life left in it. Onward.
General News

Friday, May 17, 2024

At first glance, Dave Langston's predicament seems similar to headaches facing homeowners in coastal states vulnerable to catastrophic hurricanes: As disasters have become more frequent and severe, his insurance company has been losing money. Then, it canceled his coverage and left the state.
General News

Thursday, May 16, 2024

High interest rates haven't crashed the financial system, set off a wave of bankruptcies or caused the recession that many economists feared.
General News

Thursday, May 16, 2024

A group of 17 states led by Nebraska sued the California Air Resources Board over the state's Advanced Clean Fleet regulations. Among the potential harms the plaintiffs claim is the specter that the rules could make it more difficult for disgruntled California residents to flee the state.
General News

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

What if the tech companies are all wrong, and the way artificial intelligence is poised to transform society is not by curing cancer, solving climate change or taking over boring office work, but just by being nice to us, listening to our problems and occasionally sending us racy photos?
General News

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid for qualified immunity by California prison officials who transferred inmates with COVID-19 to San Quentin state prison in 2020, which led to the deaths of a prison guard and 26 inmates there.
General News

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The parent company of Haas Formula LLC is accusing former team principal Guenther Steiner of trademark infringement.
General News

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Monday seemed confused by arguments by attorneys for Al Otro Lado Inc. and the federal government concerning whether to enforce a Biden administration rule turning back asylum seekers who sought to cross the border without making an appointment on a smartphone app.
General News

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Gov. Gavin Newsom's revised budget would cut $97 million from trial courts as the state struggles to deal with a $27.6 billion budget shortfall.
General News

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Home prices were already high when Ellen Harper, a software architect living in Atlanta, started searching for a house in 2021.
General News

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

In another loss for an employer asserting that the Federal Arbitration Act requires the dismissal of claims in Private Attorney Generals Act actions, a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Friday rejected a bid by Macy's Inc. to dismiss a lawsuit on behalf of a plaintiff's co-workers.
General News

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

It's nearly a year since California Senate Bill 149, which aims to expedite judicial review of major infrastructure projects, passed the state legislature. Attorneys say the measure has mostly succeeded in its goal of speeding up review under the notoriously cumbersome California Environmental Quality Act, but some have expressed concerns that the courts may have trouble keeping up.
General News

Monday, May 13, 2024

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed U.S. News & World Report's first amendment lawsuit against the San Francisco City Attorney's office seeking to block an ongoing consumer protection investigation into the methodology behind the news organization's hospital rankings.
General News

Monday, May 13, 2024

It was a day like any other — the day my home was engulfed by fire. No one on earth or above asked me if I was ready for the shoulder shake. The morning started with a buzzy, two-minute car ride to my daughter's school. It ended with us — me, my husband, our then-4-year old and 1-year-old — sharing a queen-size bed at my in-law's house. I spent the night gasping for air while on my husband's phone with my friends and family. My phone had been lost to the blaze.
General News

Monday, May 13, 2024

Signature Resolution announced Thursday that it would open a Silicon Valley office this fall.
General News

Monday, May 13, 2024

A federal judge in San Francisco appeared skeptical of Elon Musk's bid to dodge a third deposition by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, telling the billionaire investor's counsel on Thursday that they had not shown how the agency's request was unduly burdensome.
General News

Monday, May 13, 2024

The federal judge in Oakland overseeing an antitrust dispute between Fortnite maker Epic Games and Apple Inc. came down on an App Store senior executive during the first of a three-day evidentiary hearing on Wednesday, telling him that the tech giant's payment policies continued to implement anti-steering language in violation of the court's injunction.
General News

Friday, May 10, 2024

State Supreme Court justices voiced skepticism Wednesday about the constitutionality of an initiative that would make sweeping changes in the structure of state government and give voters veto power over tax increases, but they also expressed concern about taking the measure off the November ballot before voters have their say.
General News

Friday, May 10, 2024

Law school faculty in California argue that a recent announcement by a group of conservative federal judges that they will refuse to hire graduates of Columbia University because of protest activity there unfairly punishes students for the actions of others and further threatens the diversity of the judiciary.
General News

Friday, May 10, 2024

A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Wednesday affirmed a district judge's dismissal of a complaint challenging a state law that permits the California Department of Justice to disclose information from its databases to universities about purchasers of firearms and ammunition, as well as anyone who hold permits to carry concealed weapons.
General News

Friday, May 10, 2024

Children often learn their first lessons about money from the adults they're closest to. Whether it's listening to parents discuss a purchase or watching them pay bills online, kids are observant and their relationship with money is often shaped by what surrounds them. If you are a parent looking to instill financial wisdom in your children, here are some ways to get started.
General News

Thursday, May 9, 2024

TikTok and parent corporation ByteDance have strong legal claims against the U.S. government's recently enacted law banning the vastly popular social media app if the companies do not part ways by early next year, attorneys commented on the video sharing platform's free speech lawsuit filed Tuesday.
General News

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Attorneys for a Chinese investment company, Global Industrial Investment LTD, did not agree to let a pro tem judge rule on their motions for discovery sanctions, totaling more than $62,000, against Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP on Monday in the company's malicious prosecution lawsuit against the firm.
General News

Thursday, May 9, 2024

MIAMI — After years of living in dorms and subpar apartments, Lisa Li could not wait to close on her new home.
General News

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Attorneys working for the state said they will continue their fight to keep working from home, despite a recent arbitrator's ruling.
General News

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Perhaps you remember the commercials: images of the glittering blue Pacific, the majestic peaks of Yosemite, storybook vineyards and ancient redwoods stretching toward the sky.
General News

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Retired Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Vanessa A. Zecher joined the panel of neutrals at JAMS.
General News

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The share of Americans with unpaid medical bills tainting their credit files has fallen in the two years since the major credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — changed how that debt was reported, a federal watchdog agency said this week.
General News

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

There's little mystery about which two political parties dominate in California. About 47% of California's 22 million voters are registered as Democrats, and 24% as Republicans.
General News

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Paramount's proposed merger with Skydance has been the most tumultuous media deal in years. Now it has taken yet another turn after the exclusivity period for negotiations expired without an agreement in hand.
General News

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Coinbase and its CEO were hit with a proposed class action for allegedly trading in unregistered securities as the cryptocurrency platform is defending similar claims by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
General News

Monday, May 6, 2024

Paul Keefer is president, CEO and executive director of the Pacific Charter Institute, which runs six schools across the greater Sacramento region.
General News

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

More details are trickling out about the cuts the California Judiciary will face under Gov. Gavin Newsom's revised budget proposal. The good news is that the current round of belt tightening won't be as bad as others the courts have weathered over the past decades.
General News

Monday, May 13, 2024

The investor group trying to build a new city in Solano County filed a joint stipulation with property owners agreeing to protect "confidential, proprietary, or private information" that could come up in discovery in a lawsuit.
General News

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The state Supreme Court ruled Monday that a company that failed to pay employees extra money for missed meal breaks cannot be penalized if its error in following the California Labor Code was not "knowing and intentional."
General News

Monday, May 6, 2024

"One thing I hope people walk away with tonight is we do not want to repeat history with the same fear-based politics and vitriol," said U.S. District Judge Trina L. Thompson.