California concealed gun ruling to be reconsidered

As reported by the San Jose Mercury News:

A federal appeals court will reconsider last year’s controversial ruling that would have dramatically loosened California’s restrictions on carrying concealed firearms.

In a brief order filed Thursday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to take a second look at the so-called Peruta case with a special 11-judge panel. The order effectively scraps a February 2014 decision that invalidated the San Diego County sheriff’s strict guidelines for concealed-carry gun permits. And for now the order preserves similar limits in the Bay Area and elsewhere enforced by local sheriffs.

A majority of the 9th Circuit’s 29 fulltime judges had to vote in favor of rehearing the case with an 11-judge panel. In a separate order, the court also agreed to reconsider a related case out of Yolo County. The court will hear arguments in the cases the week of June 15.

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Kamala Harris seeks to block ‘kill the gays’ ballot measure

As reported by the Sacramento Bee:

California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a court Wednesday to intervene and allow her to block an incendiary planned ballot measure authorizing the killing of gays and lesbians.

Calling the proposed “Sodomite Suppression Act” patently unconstitutional and utterly reprehensible, Harris filed a request with the Superior Court in Sacramento seeking to be relieved of her ministerial duty to prepare a title and summary for the measure before it advances to the signature-gathering stage. Harris argues that readying it for circulation would waste state resources, generate unnecessary divisions and mislead the public.

“This is not about whether we like something or not, or whether we simply find it offensive or troubling,” Harris said in an interview with The Sacramento Bee. “In this case, we are talking about a proposal that literally is calling for violence. It’s calling for vigilantism. It’s calling for the public to be able to shoot in the head a member of the LGBT community. …

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NFL urges cities to act quickly if they hope to keep teams from moving to L.A.

As reported by the Orange County Register:

PHOENIX – With the NFL gearing up for the possibility of one or more franchises declaring by the league’s October meetings their intention to relocate to Los Angeles, NFL officials are cautioning officials in St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland that any pitches to keep their teams need to be made this year and sooner rather than later.

While the league’s annual window for teams to announce their intention to relocate remains Jan. 1 to Feb. 15, NFL officials are working on a number of fronts to enable the league to be ready for a vote months earlier should the Rams, Raiders or Chargers commit to moving out their current markets.

“We’re setting all this up to go earlier than that and we’ve told the home markets they ought not to depend on that Jan. 1,” NFL senior vice president Eric Grubman said in wide-ranging, nearly hour-long interview. “That they ought to go faster than that. We may feel like the right thing to do is to make that decision earlier so that everybody knows where they stand.”

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State Proposes $1 Billion Drought Relief

As reported by the San Jose Mercury News:

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday proposed a $1 billion package of emergency legislation meant to help California weather its crippling drought.

But a news conference that unveiled the package — aimed at demonstrating how much the state is doing — seemed to spark more criticism about what Brown and other state leaders are not doing as the drought drags on into its fourth year.

Strangely, two-thirds of the money — $660 million — is earmarked for flood control projects, money California voters approved in a 2006 flood control bond. …

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Jerry Brown (Almost) Makes It Clear He’s Not Interested in Running for President

As reported by KQED News:

There are probably only two things you really need to know about the notion of Gov. Jerry Brown — a man afflicted three times with nasty bouts of what’s called “Potomac Fever” — running for president in 2016.

First, that it’s a great political parlor game; and second, that it’s the kind of game he must love by always leaving the door ever so slightly open.

Brown did a reasonably good job of throwing cold water on the idea on Friday during the first of two days in Washington, D.C. The governor met with federal officials at the White House to talk about President Obama’s hotly debated executive order on immigration. On Saturday, he will attend the annual white-tie-and-tails Gridiron Club dinner as a guest of the Washington Post. …

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Big Bay Area quake: When and where is it most likely to happen?

As reported by the San Jose Mercury News:

The Bay Area has a nearly three-in-four chance of experiencing a potentially deadly earthquake in the next 30 years, scientists reported Tuesday in a long-awaited update of statewide earthquake probabilities that provides the most precise look yet into our foreboding seismic future.

 The newly revised estimates show a 72 percent chance that a magnitude-6.7 or larger quake — almost the size of the 1989 Loma Prieta temblor — will strike the Bay Area before the year 2044. The odds of a much larger magnitude-7 quake are 50-50.

“The San Francisco Bay Area should live every day like it is the day of The Big One,” said U.S. Geological Survey scientist Ned Field, lead author of the eight-year-long analysis, called the “Third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast.”

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7,000 Immigrant Children Ordered Deported Without Going To Court

As reported by the Los Angeles Times:

More than 7,000 immigrant children have been ordered deported without appearing in court since large numbers of minors from Central America began illegally crossing the U.S. border in 2013, federal statistics show.

The high number of deportation orders has raised alarm among immigrant advocates, who say many of those children were never notified of their hearing date because of problems with the immigration court system.

In interviews and court documents, attorneys said notices sometimes arrived late, at the wrong address or not at all. In some cases, children were ordered to appear in a court near where they were initially detained, rather than where they were living, attorneys said.

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Gun Rights Showdown: Sunnyvale Restrictions Upheld By Appeals Court

As reported in the San Jose Mercury News:

Adding fresh ammo to the gun rights debate, a federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld Sunnyvale’s law restricting high-capacity gun magazines, concluding local officials did not run afoul of the Second Amendment by trying to reduce gun violence.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the arguments of groups such as the National Rifle Association, which contended the restrictions are unconstitutional and undermine gun owners’ right to protect their homes with ample firepower.

“Sunnyvale’s interests in promoting public safety and reducing violent crime were substantial and important government interests,” 9th Circuit Judge Michael Daly Hawkins wrote for a unanimous three-judge panel.

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High Court to Decide Whether Legislators Must Draw District Lines

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle:

The U.S. Supreme Court is about to dissect an obscure constitutional provision that could prohibit independent commissions from drawing district lines for congressional elections and reassign the task to partisan state legislatures — not just in Arizona, where the case originated, but in California as well.

A broad ruling in favor of the Arizona Legislature, which challenged the redistricting commission created by state voters in 2000, also could overturn other voter-approved state laws that govern federal elections, such as California’s “top two” initiative that established open primary elections followed by runoffs between the two leading vote-getters, regardless of party.

The case is more about power than partisanship. Lining up behind Arizona’s Republican-controlled legislature is the National Conference of State Legislatures, which includes California’s Democratic-dominated state house.

On the other side, along with the Obama administration …

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Assembly Democrats Want Real Estate Fees, Tax Credits for Affordable Housing

As reported by KQED:

The leader of the state Assembly is unveiling an ambitious affordable housing proposal, one that could pump more than $600 million a year into  development at the local level.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) was joined Wednesday afternoon by a wide range of prominent Democrats in Los Angeles, including state Treasurer John Chiang and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, to announce her plan. At its center: A proposal to institute a new transfer fee on real estate transactions, one Atkins’ staff characterizes as small; and expanding legislation proposed by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to increase the tax credit that real estate developers can claim when they build affordable housing.

“The bottom line is that every Californian deserves a stable, safe place to live,” Atkins said.

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