They’re the latest in a long series of legal challenges, many of them in California, pitting clerics and houses of worship who believe they should be exempt from certain restrictions on public gatherings against governors who insist the measures are needed to rein in the pandemic. Most of the suits have been rebuffed; some have succeeded. … [Read more...] about More Churches Sue to Challenge COVID-19 Restrictions
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The glitch wasn’t the first time Newsom and his administration gave unclear or incomplete responses to virus-related issues. Since early summer, schools had sought guidance from the state on when and how they could reopen, and by July many districts were making decisions on their own. Then, Newsom announced schools in most counties couldn’t immediately reopen for in-person instruction, sending many parents into panic mode. He later clarified that some elementary schools could apply for waivers, though the process for doing so was far from simple. … [Read more...] about California governor on the hot seat over pandemic response
SNAP’s executive director, however, expressed praise for Harris’s successor as California attorney general, Xavier Becerra (D), and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). He said Becerra has “opened a statewide investigation into Catholic Church practices and has ordered all California bishops to preserve sex abuse files.” … [Read more...] about Catholic Abuse Survivors: Kamala Harris ‘Chose Not to Prosecute a Single Abusive Priest’
DeWeaver is one of only a few hundred Californians in the last decade who have had their criminal sentences commuted by the governor. When he was just 18, in a flash of violence in Oakland, he shot and killed a neighborhood rival at a dice game, resulting in a conviction for first-degree murder; he was also convicted of shooting and injuring a witness, and received a sentence of 67 years to life. Twenty years later, he was a published writer, the founder of his own justice-reform nonprofit and a leader of the first Society of Professional Journalists chapter at San Quentin State Prison. Everyone from Stanford professors to tech-industry professionals testified that he had transformed himself and was serving the community. In 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown agreed, commuting DeWeaver’s sentence to a lesser charge and allowing him to walk free a year later. … [Read more...] about California could cut its prison population in half and free 50,000 people. Amid pandemic, will the state act?
With millions of tenants facing sudden losses of employment and income because of the coronavirus, the state Judicial Council ordered judges as of April 13 to stop hearing eviction cases or ordering renters to appear in court for the cases. The ban was scheduled to expire Aug. 3, but the council decided in June to extend it and give legislators and Gov. Gavin Newsom more time to work on a solution. … [Read more...] about California judicial leaders vote to allow tenant eviction hearings to resume Sept. 2