Voters are justified in removing judges who are crooked or inept, but not because they disagree with their rulings, said the judge who may become the first in California to be recalled in 86 years over his sentencing of a Stanford swimmer in a sexual assault case. When judges who can’t or won’t do their jobs aren’t reined in by appellate courts and the state’s judicial disciplinary commission, “perhaps there’s a place for the judicial recall,” Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky said Tuesday in his first meeting with an array of news media since the campaign to remove him from the bench began in 2016. But recalls, he said, “should be reserved for misconduct by a judge or incompetence. ... I don’t think there’s a place for a judicial recall based on lawful decisions by a given judge.” The danger, he said, is that “judges will feel that silent creeping force, that corrupting force” before … [Read more...] about Persky warns against the dangers of recalling judges as he fights to keep his job
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Savvy. It’s a word Clayton Valley High football coach Tim Murphy has used to describe his team on multiple occasions during the 2019 season. The adjective never fit the Ugly Eagles better than it did Friday night. Trailing visiting Elk Grove by 12 points with less than five minutes to play, Clayton Valley scored twice inside the last 2½ minutes for a 28-26 victory in the CIF 2-AA Northern California regional playoffs. “This is amazing,” said Clayton Valley quarterback Jake Kern, who led the comeback with touchdown passes of 40 and 42 yards “The course of the game, the way we played, persevering when we were down. Elk Grove played great. ... Just amazing.” The win advances the Ugly Eagles (9-5) to the 2-AA title game at 4 p.m. Friday against Aquinas-San Bernardino (13-2) at Cerritos College in Norwalk (Los Angeles County). It’s the program’s third trip to a state final after finishing as runners-up in 2014 and 2015. Elk Grove (10-5) was … [Read more...] about Late TDs allow Clayton Valley to reach 2-AA state championship game
LAS VEGAS — When Sheryl Thornton-Burnham moved to Las Vegas in 1995, she didn’t think the Raiders would someday follow. Thornton-Burnham had worked for the Raiders for several years in Los Angeles. She was aware of the NFL’s long resistance to basing a team in Las Vegas, a hub for legal sports gambling. Now, however, Thornton-Burnham need only look at the framework of the nearly $2 billion stadium going up near the Strip to be reminded that in less than a year, this city will become the new home of the Raiders, who are playing out their expected final season in Oakland. “People are excited,” said Thornton-Burnham, who leads a Raiders booster club here. “There are people who are not Raider fans who are still excited about it because they know what the influx of a team will do for a city. “Las Vegas is turning into a world-class city. It’s not Sin City anymore. It’s a bona fide city that can compete with anybody.” Optimism about … [Read more...] about Las Vegas prepares to welcome Raiders, but is it a bad bet?
HENDERSON, Nev. — A sign on the site of the practice facility and headquarters being built here for an NFL team reads: “Future Home of the Las Vegas Raiders.” Not that Teddy Clifton needs the reminder. Clifton, a Raiders fan from their time in Los Angeles, manages a storage facility just up the road. He also lives on site, which makes it easy to keep tabs on the construction. “I can see it right off my balcony,” Clifton said. “I’m like, ‘What up?!’ every day.” While the Raiders’ new $2 billion stadium goes up near the Las Vegas Strip, their headquarters, where the team will practice and base operations, is taking shape in nearby Henderson. Features of the Henderson facility include three outdoor practice fields, one and a half indoor practice fields, a performance center with amenities for players, and office space. Construction began in January and is projected to be completed by next July. Unlike the Raiders’ new … [Read more...] about In Henderson, Raiders’ future headquarters reflects a fast-growing city
When you lose a statewide primary by 44 percent to 12 percent, it’s hard to believe things can get worse. But Democratic state Sen. Kevin de León is finding out that, yes, they can. Despite being shellacked last week by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, de León managed to hang on to second place and a spot on the November ballot. Speaking before the election, Jon Underland, the former state Senate president’s campaign spokesman, said all de León was looking for was a runner-up finish because “after the primary, everything changes.” But that doesn’t mean they’ll change for the better. On Monday, for example, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon came out with a full-throated endorsement of Feinstein, picking her over de León, his fellow Los Angeles County lawmaker and legislative leader. “Senator Feinstein is the strongest candidate to stand up to Donald Trump and is a tireless champion for our state and our progressive … [Read more...] about Notebook: Things go from bad to worse for Sen. Kevin de León