By Robert Salonga | [email protected] and Nico Savidge | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 17, 2019 at 3:16 pm | UPDATED: January 18, 2019 at 4:08 am A referendum to overturn a new law to end bail in California has qualified for the 2020 ballot, halting the landmark reform that has since soured its former supporters and galvanized a bail industry that bankrolled the repeal campaign. Senate Bill 10 was set to go into effect in October after then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed it last fall, but now it must be approved by a majority of voters before it can take effect. Bail industry groups, who had immediately launched an effort to gather signatures for a repeal measure, welcomed the news after Secretary of State Alex Padilla confirmed Wednesday they had exceeded the 402,468 projected valid signatures to qualify for the November 2020 election. “In passing this misguided bill, the Legislature ignored not only public safety and … [Read more...] about Law ending cash bail in California halted after referendum qualifies for 2020 ballot
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By Bob Egelko Updated 7:11 pm PST, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 FILE PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown hands a copy of a bill to end bail he signed to Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, right, who along with state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, third from right, co-authored the measure, during a signing ceremony, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The bill makes California the first state to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial. Also seen are Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, left, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, second from left, and California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, second from right, (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) less FILE PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown hands a copy of a bill to end bail he signed to Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, right, who along with state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, third from right, co-authored the ... more Photo: Rich … [Read more...] about California law abolishing bail is put on hold until at least November 2020
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By Judy Lin and CALmatters | CALmatters PUBLISHED: December 3, 2018 at 8:17 am | UPDATED: December 3, 2018 at 8:17 am Investigators are massing. Lawsuits are mounting. The death toll in Butte County’s historic Camp Fire stands at 88, so far. Another year, another megafire, another calamity in which faulty Pacific Gas and Electric equipment is a prime suspect. And once again, Californians face a familiar question: What’s going to happen to the behemoth power company in the thick of the fire zone? It’s a concern not just for PG&E—one of the largest utilities in the nation—but also for utilities and their customers throughout California. State laws make power companies especially liable for fires sparked by and around their equipment, and California’s fire season is year-round now, thanks to global warming. Just this month, Southern California ratepayers sued Southern California Edison for damage from the Woolsey Fire in … [Read more...] about What happens if PG&E goes bankrupt?
By George Skelton | PUBLISHED: August 28, 2018 at 6:15 am | UPDATED: August 28, 2018 at 6:22 am Skies have been sooty over the state Capitol for weeks, soiled by Northern California wildfires. It’s a daily reminder for legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown about what their top priority should be. It’s to enact laws that vastly improve California’s ability to prevent wildfires, and to douse them before they roar out of control. Government’s No. 1 responsibility, after all, is public safety. From The Times news bureau on the 17th floor of an office building near the Capitol, one normally can clearly see intriguing Mount Diablo 54 miles to the southwest. But we haven’t spotted it since mid-July because a dirty blanket of smoke has covered everything between us and the San Francisco Bay Area. So far this year, wildfires have blackened 1.1 million acres in the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. A hellish Mendocino … [Read more...] about Skelton: Time is running out for meaningful wildfire legislation