California eyes banning loitering for prostitution arrests
California lawmakers are finally sending to Gov. Gavin Newsom a hot potato of a bill that would bar police from making arrests on a charge of loitering for prostitution, nine months after the measure passed the Legislature, the author of the bill announced Monday. Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener and other supporters said arrests for loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution often rely on police officers’ perceptions and disproportionately target transgender, Black and Latino women. Greg Burt, a spokesman for the California Family Council, and other opponents fear it’s part of an eventual effort to decriminalize prostitution.news.yahoo.com
California bid to create legal drug injection sites advances
California moved a step closer Wednesday to creating sites where people could legally use drugs under supervision designed to save them from dying if they overdose, over the objections of opponents who said the state would be enabling dangerous and illegal activity. The full Assembly will now consider allowing test programs in Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco, more than a year after the proposal narrowly passed the state Senate. “We know that we are experiencing a crisis of overdose deaths, and these are preventable," said Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener.news.yahoo.com
California Legislature OKs plan aimed at in-person learning
The school just reopened Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, for in-person learning. (AP Photo/Haven Daily)SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California lawmakers on Thursday approved a $6.6 billion plan aimed at pressuring school districts to return students to the classroom before the end of the school year. Districts that resume in-person learning after that date won’t get any of that money. Frustrated parents and politicians have been clamoring for schools to return students to the classroom for months. To get the money, districts governed by the first set of rules must offer in-person learning through at least second grade by the end of March.
Federal judge says California can enforce net neutrality law
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, a federal judge ruled California could enforce a 2018 net neutrality law. Jerry Brown signed the bill in 2018, making California the first state to pass a net neutrality law. But in a separate lawsuit, the telecom industry asked a federal judge to keep blocking the law. On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Mendez denied their request, allowing California to begin enforcing the law. The law seeks to ban internet providers from slowing down customers' data streams based on the content they are viewing.
California lawmakers propose ban on fracking by 2027
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2015, file photo, pumpjacks are seen operating in Bakersfield, Calif. Last year, California Gov. Gavin Newsom called on the state Legislature to ban fracking by 2024. The bill would also ban all fracking in California, along with other forms of oil extraction such as cyclic steaming, by Jan. 1, 2027. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribuSACRAMENTO, Calif. – New legislation would ban all fracking in California by 2027, taking aim at the powerful oil and gas industry in the state already planning to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. AdTwo state senators answered that call Wednesday, announcing a measure that would halt new fracking permits or renewals by Jan. 1 and ban the practice altogether by 2027.
California measure aims to pay off 80% of most unpaid rent
But housing advocates worry the plan gives landlords too much power to decide what happens to their tenants' debt. In October, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia estimated that California renters had compiled $1.7 billion in unpaid rent. California estimating as many as 1.1 million households were behind on their rent in December, facing an estimated $3.6 billion in debt. The state would pay for the program by using $2.6 billion in federal rent relief money from the most recent coronavirus rescue package. The federal money can only be spent on households whose income is 80% or less of the area median income.
California bill would ban intersex surgery for young kids
A similar bill failed to pass last year after facing opposition from the California Medical Association. It would ban specific types of surgeries on infants born with intersex characteristics. There are no state or federal laws regulating intersex surgeries in the U.S., according to InterACT, a national intersex advocacy group. The California Legislature passed a nonbinding resolution in 2018 that urged doctors to defer intersex surgeries on children “until the child is able to participate in decision making." But since then, two major children's hospitals — Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago and Boston Children's Hospital — announced they would stop performing some surgeries on intersex children who were too young to give meaningful consent.
California will house transgender inmates by gender identity
Gavin Newsom signed a law that requires the state to house transgender prisoners based on their gender identity. The law Newsom signed Saturday says officers must ask inmates privately during the intake process if they identify as transgender, nonbinary or intersex. Rhode Island, New York City and Massachusetts have also housed inmates based on their gender identity. The law also requires officers to address transgender inmates based on the pronouns of their choice. And it requires officers to search inmates based on the search policy of their gender identity.
Heterosexuals can choose between marriage or domestic partnership under new California law
"I know San Francisco is more progressive than the rest of the state, but still," expressed San Francisco resident Brent Yonehara.State Sen. Scott Wiener authored the bill. "For seniors, remaining unmarried can mean higher social security benefits for the two combined than being married," added Wiener.In 2013, California same-sex couples were allowed to marry. So they had the option to choose between marriage and a domestic partnership.The benefits are nearly the same:"It's a personal choice, but at least there's another option out there, options are good right?" said Yonehara.But under federal law, there are things that a domestic partnership does not give you.Yonehara and Christian Czezatke opted to get married. "It's a form of recognition for your relationship," said Czezatke.By the way, dissolving a domestic partnership is identical to getting a divorce.abc13.com
The art of pizza boxes
Most people, after enjoying their pizza, throw their box away. Not Scott Wiener - he's collected hundreds of pizza boxes from around the world. According to Guinness World Records, Wiener has the largest such collection in the world. Serena Altschul takes a delectable look at the surprisingly varied art of the pizza box. Originally broadcast February 1, 2015.cbsnews.com
The art of pizza boxes
The art of pizza boxes Most people, after enjoying their pizza, throw their box away. Not Scott Wiener - he's collected hundreds of pizza boxes from around the world. According to Guinness World Records, Wiener has the largest such collection in the world. Serena Altschul takes a delectable look at the surprisingly varied art of the pizza box.cbsnews.com