California law to limit youth football practices

California’s governor has signed a law limiting full-contact practices for youth football teams to reduce brain injuries.

State law already limits full-contact practices for middle and high school football teams to no more than 90 minutes per day, twice per week.

Wednesday, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law to limit full contact practices for youth football teams to no more than 30 minutes per day for two days per week. The law bans full-contact practices for youth football teams during the offseason.

The law also requires a medical professional be present for all games and an independent person attend all practices with the authority to remove players who show signs of an injury. …

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California Passes Law Requiring Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns to Get on the Ballot

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Tuesday a requirement for candidates to release their tax returns in order to participate in the state’s presidential primaries. The law is clearly aimed at President Donald Trump and his no-show taxes and will likely result in high-stakes legal challenges from the Trump campaign and its allies. California, the country’s most populous state, has used its significant economic weight to take the lead in combating Trump administration policies with state laws of its own, which at the moment have the administration and the state locked in more than 40 lawsuits over a range of issues.

The Trump campaign fired back Tuesday after the bill’s signing, declaring the law unconstitutional. “The Constitution is clear on the qualifications for someone to serve as president and states cannot add additional requirements on their own,” a Trump campaign spokesperson said. “The bill also violates the First Amendment right of association since California can’t tell political parties which candidates their members can or cannot vote for in a primary election.” The Trump campaign appears destined to file a lawsuit challenging the measure and could be joined by the Republican National Committee and the California Republican Party.

The tax-return-disclosure requirement was previously vetoed in 2017 due to questions over its constitutionality by former Gov. Jerry Brown, who, along with his Republican opponents, refused to disclose tax returns during his successful campaigns for governor in 2010 and 2014. “A qualified candidate’s ability to appear on the ballot is fundamental to our democratic system,” Brown wrote in his veto message at the time. “For that reason, I hesitate to start down a road that well might lead to an ever escalating set of differing state requirements for presidential candidates.” Newsom, however, signed the bill into law, which requires presidential and gubernatorial candidates to submit five years of tax returns at least three months before the state’s primary. Primary day in California is scheduled for March 3, 2020, which means Trump — and others — would have just over four months to submit returns to the California secretary of state. …

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At least 3 dead in California garlic festival shooting

A man opened fire at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California Sunday night. Nearly 100,000 people attend the weekend-long event each year. 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The victims: At least three people are dead including a 6-year-old boy, and 12 more have been injured, police say. At least one of those people is in critical condition at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. A spokesperson for the medical center said their patients are between the ages of 12 and 69-years old.
  • The suspect: Police identified the suspect as 19-year-old Santino William Legan. He was fatally shot by police about a minute after opening fire. Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said the shooter was armed with an AK-47 assault-type rifle. Instagram posts bearing the name of the suspected gunman mentioned a white supremacist book and showed a picture of people walking around the event shortly before the shooting began.

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Trump Prevails: Justices Clear Border Wall Funding

The Supreme Court on Friday handed President Trump a major victory by clearing the way for him to divert $2.5 billion from the military’s budget and use it to build an extra 100 miles of border wall in California, Arizona and New Mexico.

The justices voted 5 to 4 to lift orders by a federal judge in Oakland and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that had barred the administration from using the Pentagon’s money to build a border wall.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the court’s four other conservatives joined in ruling for the Trump administration. They questioned whether the Sierra Club and other plaintiffs had standing to challenge the government’s spending policy.

The court’s four liberals dissented.

Though the environmental group’s lawsuit challenging the wall will continue in lower courts, Trump can begin using the money for the wall in the meantime.

Trump celebrated the decision on Twitter. “Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall,” he tweeted. …

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California housing market officially now ‘weak.’

The once red-hot California housing sales market is officially now “weak,” state analysts say, but the year-long flattening does not necessarily suggest the state is headed toward an economic downturn.

In a brief report issued Monday, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office weighed in on the latest California home sales trends, noting that homes sales statewide in June were down from the same month last year, and notably lower than historic norms.

“Home sales were on a clear downward trend during the second half of 2018 and the beginning of 2019,” analysts wrote. “Sales seem to have stabilized in recent months and are no longer declining from month to month. …

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California misspent $330 million that should have helped homeowners

California must use money it obtained from banks through a lawsuit over unfair mortgage practices to help homeowners after the state’s highest court rejected arguments from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration that it could use the money for other purposes.

The state secured the money in 2012 as part of a nationwide settlement with Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Ally Financial.

California as a whole received $18 billion as part of the settlement, according to Bee archives. Much of that money went directly to homeowners. …

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Competitive Orange County House races draw big money

Democratic House incumbents in Orange County are ramping up fundraising as they head into the 2020 election, according to financial reports posted this week with the Federal Election Commission. But a few Republican challengers raised nearly as much — or even more — in the second quarter of the year than the Congress members they’re trying to unseat.

The biggest local GOP haul for the quarter that started April 1 and ended June 30 came from Michelle Steel, who serves as a county supervisor and is challenging Rep. Harley Rouda, D-Laguna Beach, in the coastal 48th District.

Steel took in $536,023 in funds after entering the CA-48 race one month into the second quarter. But that does include $100,000 that Steel gave to her own campaign, with 80 percent of the remaining funds from individual donors. She had $516,928 in cash on hand. …

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Los Angeles, California cities ‘overrun by rodents’

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An ever-growing number of rodents in California — particularly in Los Angeles — is being fueled by a spiking homeless population and restrictions on rodenticides that are risking a public health crisis, according to a study released Tuesday.

The report by political action committee Reform California cites recent rodent-related events over the past six months, including an employee at the Los Angeles Police Department contracting Typhus and a rat falling from the ceiling of a Buffalo Wild Wingsonto the menu of a patron, as proof of an “undeniable problem” in the Golden State.

“California is being overrun by rodents,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California. “Without immediate emergency action by state and local government, we face significant economic costs and risk a public health crisis.” …

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California Officials Struggling to Regulate Weed Market

The agency overseeing California’s legal marijuana market has been overmatched by the job and is struggling to hire sufficient staff and set an overall strategy for the nation’s largest cannabis economy, an audit found.

About two-thirds of the 219 staff positions authorized for the Bureau of Cannabis Control remain unfilled, according to an audit by the state Finance Department. A shortage of staff in the enforcement unit is hindering the agency’s ability to conduct investigations.

While the cannabis bureau is in its relative infancy and has established a foundation to oversee the market, “the current status and location of personnel is not sustainable to provide effective and comprehensive oversight of cannabis activities throughout California,” according to the audit, which was released earlier this month.

San Diego council votes to require gun owners to lock away firearms at home

The San Diego City Council voted 6-2 on Monday in the first of two votes to approve a new gun storage ordinance aimed at preventing accidental shootings and other firearm-related injuries and deaths.

City Attorney Mara Elliott introduced the Safe Storage of Firearms Ordinance last month. It would require all firearms in a residence be stored in a locked container, or disabled by a trigger lock, unless they are being carried by or are under control of the owner.

Monday’s vote was the first of two required for the ordinance to become law, and came after about 90 minutes of public comment, with about two-thirds of those who spoke urging the council to pass the ordinance. Those who opposed the proposed regulations told the council the ordinance infringes on their Second Amendment rights. …

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