Will Governor Jerry Brown protect transgender students from discrimination? That's the big question now that the California state senate passed AB 1266 on July 3, with the bill heading to Brown's desk. Called the "School Success and Opportunity Act," AB 1266 will "allow transgender students to fu ... More >>
Did you know that cops can snoop into your email without a warrant, without your permission, without you even knowing? In cases where the message has been opened or stored on a server for at least 180 days, it's true. It's a contentious issue, and the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Po ... More >>
California voters chose not to repeal the death penalty, Proposition 34. Los Angeles County voters actually voted to end the death penalty, backing Proposition 34 by a wide margin of 1,191,545. or 54.04 percent Yes, to 1,013,477, or 45.96 percent No. But the local vote was not nearly enough to ov ... More >>
The art world sees a vibrant movement. Metro's cops see jail fodder.
The last possible moment for California's bumbling state senators and assemblymen to nudge their pet bills onto Governor Jerry Brown's desk is this Friday, August 31 at midnight. Needless to say, the state Capitol is in a state of fluttering papers/utter mayhem right now. It's hard enough to know ... More >>
L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich won a huge battle today in his war against the city's taggers and street artists. He settled with eight alleged members of a prolific Los Angeles tagging crew called the "Metro Transit Assassins," responsible for America's largest tag along the L.A. River. The pi ... More >>
[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Saturday KCRW broadcast.] I am a veteran of the War on Christmas. It's been a few days now, and I am just emerging ... More >>
A scowl worthy of Sheriff Joe?Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has become the posterboy of tough, rogue immigration policing in the age of Bush/Obama. (And don't think for a second that conditions have improved for America's huddled masses under the "HOPE" banner of the latter. In fact, the ... More >>
[Update, morning after: Awesomely, the "pool" reports turned into a sort of crowd-sourced feed; LA Weekly reporter Gene Maddaus says he received constant email updates throughout the night from news outlets with soldiers in the pool. So it seems the chosen ones didn't adhere to the LAPD's silly, une ... More >>
The L.A. Sheriff's Department is busting with pride over its brand-new fleet of "state-of-the-art mobile data computers" -- the first of which are now installed in the patrol vehicles of a few lucky deputies. In some ways, the computers are an overdue boot into the 21st century. Turns out deputies ... More >>
Jim McDonnell from his LAPD days.Sheriff Lee Baca has the FBI and the ACLU breathing down his neck over the alleged beatings of inmates (and even visitors) at his L.A. County jails. Now the omnipotent if not low-profile County Supervisors seem to be in a pissing contest to see who can appoin ... More >>
DHSSay it don't spray it.Tourists are the latest target of the federal government's domestic terrorism watch. The "If You See Something Say Something" anti-terror campaign is now expanding to America's hotels. Fair enough, but consider that the "See Something" initiative was originally la ... More >>
Update: The AIDS Healthcare Foundation says it will appeal the ruling to the California Supreme Court. Details at the bottom. A previously unknown HIV case in porn was revealed this week after an adult performer sued California workplace regulators who wanted access to her medical records. ... More >>
democraticunderground.comDo prisoners have a right to beard?We take personal freedoms very seriously in California -- as do we our right to sue the shit out of anyone who treads on our land of the free. To demonstrate, SoCal ACLU lawyers pounced on the religious-freedom case of Sukhjinder Ba ... More >>
AP Photo/Stephanie Turner, FileReinhardt won't recuse himself from Prop.8 case Opponents of same-sex marriage aren't happy to hear that Judge Stephen Reinhardt, a federal appeals court jurist, rejected calls to step down from a case involving the state's same-sex marriage ban. Proponents o ... More >>
reason.comDid you get your stuffing scanned over the holiday?We're against the scan, man. And the TSA grope, too. Not because we mind the attention. Just based on principle. Freedom to move about the country is more than an advertising slogan. It's a core, constitutional part of who we are. ... More >>
After conquering Broadway, "little Silver Lake band" the Negro Problem returns to L.A.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California announced Tuesday that they're adding new plaintiffs to its lawsuit against the U.S. government, challenging the government's right to hold immigrants indefinitely while they wait for their cases to be heard in immigration hearings. T ... More >>
Prop. 19 has created some interesting coalitions of groups in favor and opposed. Josh Richman of the Oakland Tribune provides a handy guide to who is for and against.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California announced this week it was dropping its lawsuit against the city of Santa Monica over its treatment of homeless residents. An ACLU statement indicates Santa Monica officials have agreed that " ... merely sleeping and homeless status sh ... More >>
Google MapsGladys Park.Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley stated he'll announce an injunction against a Skid Row gang Wednesday morning. The site of his announcement is Gladys Park, at East Sixth and Gladys streets, a postage-stamp sized recreation area that has been plagued w ... More >>
There's actually no mountain in El Monte, but that hasn't kept the city from striving for greatness: "El Monte is home to Longo Toyota, the number one auto dealer in the United States by sales and volume," crows the city's Web site. "Other major retail businesses include Home Depot, Sam's Club, and ... More >>
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California's State Supreme Court begins hearing arguments for and against overturning Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters last November. The state's high court will issue its decision within 90 days. The San Francisco proceedings, based on three separate cases challenging the ... More >>
Fox News' 1/2 Hour News Hour isn't even half-funny
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Homelandís ICE cools Cambodianís hopes
Unlikely allies oppose sweeping police powers
Libraries quietly sound alarm against PATRIOT Act
To be young, gay and outcast in Banning
Two courts reject ashcroft's anti- terror strategy
This Week: Special guest star Jerry Falwell!
'Shirts' and homeless battle over the sidewalks of America
An uncivil war erupts among journalists
Police Commission falters on Rampart
The politics behind the LAPD unionís proposal to make it easier for cops to speak out
How the mayor got his charter and his school board
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...The people who were interviewed said that they felt they had been stopped because they were minorities, pointing to the fact that the police had not issued them tickets. As a working police officer, I hear too much of this in the media...