The investigative reporting that exposed the government impropriety on the part of the officials of the City of Bell would not be possible if legislation passed as part of the state budget is signed into law. Because these laws place a mandated cost on to local entities, legislators and the governor, are trying to prevent local agencies from demanding reimbursement from the state for their compliance by making all of its provisions voluntary.
UPDATE 6/17/2013: On Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to release one or more opinions from its current term with the remaining opinions issued by the end of the month. The pending opinions include rulings on both Proposition 8 on March 26th (Hollingsworth v. Perry), and the Defense of Marriage Act (U.S. v. Windsor) on March 27th, 2013.
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre said; “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” As a Liberal, fighting the right-wing insanity that is Orange County, I find myself agreeing with Mr. LaPierre.
More than 50 activists and counter protesters gathered at 1 p.m. outside the office of Congressman Ed Royce on Tuesday to demand he change his positions on immigration and support President Barack Obama’s reform plan that would clear a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants. The group, organized by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA is part of a national effort…