Brown vetoes Brown Act amendments

One of this session’s legislative bills Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed last month was Assembly Bill 194 that would have amended the Brown Act, California’s...

Air quality reducing cancer risk

Editor’s note: SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. This...

State budget process on November ballot — again

Once again state voters will have an opportunity to vote on a proposition affecting California’s finances. Its purpose is to pay state debt sooner...

Proposition 46 aimed at medical malpractice

Proposition 46, the Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Cap and Drug Testing of Doctors Initiative, also known as the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act...

Attorney general releases second report on statewide truancy: Partially successful with...

In a second report on truancy throughout the state, California Attorney General Kamala Harris repeats her admonition from last year’s findings that “a truancy...

Proposition 47 reduces penalties for some crimes: Leading in polls

Proposition 47, alternatively the Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative or The Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act, seeks to “ensure that prison spending is...

Local jurisdictions are more Republican than the state

Given the upcoming general election, while Democrats represent 44.3 percent of the registered voters in California, the local registration tilts toward Republicans. Total state...

Governor signs plastic bag bill

As expected by many, the governor signed the plastic bag bill on which the Town Crier reported last month. The law will go into...

New law amends state fire prevention fee

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation last week that specifies the state’s fire prevention fee will be applied to “habitable structures.” The current law simply...

Enterovirus confirmed in teen

Health officials have confirmed Riverside County’s first case of a potentially serious respiratory illness in a teenager from southwest Riverside County. From mid-August to...
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