California has new transparency laws, and newsrooms are pouncing
Before former Governor Jerry Brown left office, last year, he put his pen to a couple, new transparency laws. Both have to do with public access to internal police investigations and video footage of shootings by officers and deputies. Now that these laws are on the books, dozens of newsrooms across California have joined forces to review those records.
Big changes on the horizon for Santa Monica elections
Think of Santa Monica and there are a number of things that come to mind: an idyllic, beachside setting; a tech-saturated economy; a bastion of liberal politics. That last bit, however, may not extend to voting especially if you ask one county judge. He’s ruled that the city’s at-large voting for City Council is illegal and discriminates against Santa Monica’s growing Latino population.
The end of the neighborhood polling place
Those who cast their ballot in the LA Unified School Board election at a local school or church likely did so for the last time. From now on, you can either vote by mail or go to an official voting center.
The Long Beach Angels?
It’s the team that’s had to deal with a geography and identity crisis for years, with some of the most supportive fans in Major League Baseball. The L.A. Angels of Anaheim, formerly known as the Anaheim Angels and the California Angels could very soon become the Angels of Long Beach. That's unless Anaheim has something to say about it.
Police Transparency Law Gets Stuck in Courts
A landmark bill signed by then-Governor Brown last year is intended to make records of police misconduct available to the public. Predictably, law enforcement unions - and now Attorney General Xavier Becerra - are reluctant to apply the law retroactively, to cases from years past. The latest on how judges are weighing in on the matter.