Bay Area / California

James Panetta is expected to run for his father's former seat

Farr’s Retirement Opens District 20 Congressional Race

Posted November 17, 2015 by The Left Hook

Congressman Sam Farr surprised many with a bombshell announcement he will not run for re-election.  His sudden retirement creates an intriguing race in 2016 for California’s 20th Congressional District, which covers parts of Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and
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New Juvenile Justice Reform Same as Old

Posted November 12, 2015 by Mike Males

The most striking conclusion I draw from CJCJ Executive Director Dan Macallair’s forthcoming book, After the Doors Were Locked: A History of Youth Corrections in California and the Origins of Twenty-First Century Reform, is that over the last 150 years,
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Los Feliz Tenants Fight Evictions With Protest Parties

Posted November 2, 2015 by Bill Raden

It’s just after dusk on a recent Friday in Los Angeles and already the streets of Los Feliz Village are bumper-to-bumper with the inflow of weekend diners, cocktail loungers and movie- and theatergoers along its main drag, Vermont Avenue. Apart
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The Berkeley City Council

Berkeley Still Rejects Paid Sick Leave

Posted October 26, 2015 by Harry Brill

In a show of how removed current officials are with the city’s progressive legacy, a majority of the members of the Berkeley City Council have so far refused to legislate paid sick leave.  The Council should reconsider its position when
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Jane Kim's new 5M deal boosts middle-class

Jane Kim Running for State Senate in 2016

Posted October 14, 2015 by

San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim announced her candidacy for State Senate on October 14, setting up a high-stakes November 2016 battle with Supervisor Scott Wiener. I wrote in March about the anticipated Kim-Wiener race (“Kim-Wiener Senate Showdown Takes Shape”), noting
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Court Unfairly Rejects Ellis Relocation Law

Posted October 7, 2015 by

For non-attorneys wondering how San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ronald Quidachay could have struck down San Francisco’s latest measure increasing Ellis Act relocation payments, the answer is simple: he used a legal standard that allows judges to throw out any
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Mr. Broad’s New Art Museum

Posted October 1, 2015 by Marc Haefele

There now is a flow of fresh  cultural monuments in Los Angeles that runs from the High School of the Arts over to Disney Hall. This includes, of course, the 36-year-old Museum of Contemporary Art, with which billionaire philanthropist Eli
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