Browsing the "California" Tag

Why the Gun Violence Research Ban at the CDC?

May 5th, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

To better understand which laws and policies actually work to lower gun deaths, accurate research on what is effective is needed; but for decades the Center for Disease Control has been prevented from doing any scientific study on the issue whatsoever


California Gun Safety Victory Bans High Capacity Clips

March 6th, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

Despite the efforts of the National Rifle Association to block a local ban on high capacity ammunition clips, a federal judge has dismissed the gun lobbyist group's lawsuit, and has ruled that the new weapons safety regulation will become law today in Sunnyvale, California


New Gun Control for California Works to Advance Public Safety

August 11th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

California is once again leading the nation in enacting more sensible gun control regulations. This week the state Congress is continuing to draft legislation that would create a comprehensive database for the purchase of ammunition, as well as require all guns to remain locked up when they are not in use, and extend how long a person is prohibited from owning weapons after they have made violent threats against someone


California Senate Passes Sweeping Gun Control Reforms

May 29th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

This week the California State Senate approved seven related gun control bills, which include universal background checks for anyone who wishes to purchase ammunition. People in the state who have a criminal record, severe mental illness, or a restraining order filed against them, would also be disqualified from owning firearms


California Environmental Wins: Expanded Marine Sanctuaries & New Fracking Rules

December 20th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

This week California released its first ever hydraulic fracturing regulations, and the Obama administration also announced plans to expand two Northern California marine sanctuaries, extending the protected areas from Monterey Bay all the way to the picturesque Mendocino coast. The larger oceanic sanctuary will permanently ban oil drilling along more than 50 miles of Northern California seashore, while the proposed fracking rules will help to protect the region's water supply and fragile environment


Rachel Maddow Interviews Marriage Equality Attorneys David Boies & Ted Olson

October 6th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

This week at NYU's law school Rachel Maddow engaged attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson in an informed discussion concerning their current challenge to Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban. The two dedicated marriage equality activists had argued on opposite sides of the Bush v Gore Supreme Court decision after the divisive 2000 presidential election; but the former political opponents now both passionately agree that discrimination against any group is both illegal and unconstitutional


California Approves Election Day Registration for All Voters in the State

August 25th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

As voting suppression and mandatory voter id efforts have spread across our nation, diligent legislators in California are now working to make it easier to vote. The California State Senate has just passed AB 1436, which legalizes Election Day Registration (EDR), enabling citizens to register and vote on the same day. Currently the state law prohibits Californians from registering to vote in the final two weeks before an election; the new bill will eliminate that deadline, making voting more accessible for all of the state's citizens


Popular GMO Labeling Mandate Makes California Ballot

July 19th, 2012 | by Chris Keenan

The right of consumers to know whether the foods they eat have been genetically engineered is moving closer to being law. This November the California Right to Know Act will appear on the state ballot as Proposition 37. If passed the measure would be the first U.S. law that requires GMO foods to be labeled


Sunday Streets Shines in San Francisco’s Mission District

June 4th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Yesterday the sunny streets of San Francisco were swarming with thousands of happy residents during another regular Sunday Streets event. Rivers of happy families filled the car-free avenues, listening to live music, biking, dancing, playing football, skateboarding, walking dogs, socializing with their neighbors, and just soaking up the beautiful spring day



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