Brown Signs Bill Allowing Nurses to Prescribe Birth Control Pill

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LOS ANGELES – During a visit to a Los Angeles Planned Parenthood clinic, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that allows nurses to dispense birth control, making it easier for women to get contraceptives. The Democratic governor was joined Saturday by women’s health advocates who cheered the signing of AB2348. “At a time when some […]

Census: Nearly 7 Million Californians Living In Poverty

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SACRAMENTO – Census figures show nearly seven million Californians are living in poverty. The Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey also shows 26 percent of Fresno residents are below the poverty line to rank the second-highest in the nation. A family of two adults and two children counts as poor if its household income is […]

AG Kamala Harris Announces Slight Decrease in Hate Crimes in California

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SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that the number of reported hate crimes in California decreased 4 percent in 2011. There were 1,060 hate crime events reported statewide in 2011, a decrease from the 1,107 hate crime events reported in 2010. ‚ÄúThere is no place in our inclusive Golden State for […]

Brown Allows Parole For Murderers At Greater Rate

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SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown is allowing murderers to be paroled from California prisons at a far greater pace than his immediate predecessors, a development that raised alarm Wednesday with victims’ rights groups. After a little more than one year in office, the Democratic governor has allowed about 80 percent of the decisions by the […]

Bill to Revise Three Strikes Law Passes the State Assembly

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SACRAMENTO – The state Assembly has passed legislation that would ask voters to revise California’s Three Strikes law as a way to reduce prison sentences and save money. The bill, AB327, was supported largely by Democrats and passed with the bare majority needed to send it to the Senate, 41-33. Democratic Assemblyman Mike Davis of […]